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Manipur no-confidence motion against BJP becomes pro-vote affair as Congress MLAs remain absent: Sources

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress legislators in Manipur were to vote on a confidence motion to be moved by Chief Minister N Biren Singh during a special one-day session of the Assembly. The trust vote will decide the fate of the BJP-led coalition government in the state. Such was the anticipation regarding the political development. However, sources close to the matter reveal, the wave against BJP has been subsided.

As per a source revealed to Inside Northeast, “Even all congress MLAs are not present while there is an expectation of a confidence motion to bring in. Only 16 Congress MLAs are present and 8 are absent. This is not a no-confidence motion move by the opposition but confidence motion to be moved by chief minister N Biren Singh himself”.

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The political crisis in Manipur started when the BJP government in Manipur had lost majority when 9 MLAs in Manipur have resigned from the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led government. Out of the 9 MLAs, 3 are from the BJP, 4 National People’s Party (NPP), 1 TMC and one independent.

The three Manipur BJP sitting MLAs joined the Congress party and four NPP members, including a minister, an independent MLA of Jiribam and TMC MLA of the coalition, withdrew support from the coalition govt and expressed support to the Congress party.

However, the incident had no impact on the Manipur Rajya Sabha Elections where BJP won the lone seat. BJP candidate Leisemba Sanajaoba defeated Congress’ T Mangi Babu. After this, there has been a lack of clarity regarding the new government taking place or whether the status quo remains.

Things got clear on 24th June, when the NPP delegation led by Sri Y Joy Kumar flew to Delhi to meet BJP Chief Amit Shah. BJP NEDA Chief and Assam Health Minister tweeted regarding the situation. As things stand, the NPP is back with BJP and the status quo remains intact.

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