Manipur chief minister N. Biren wins floor test in Assembly, Yumnam Khemchand elected as speaker
I thank my team, it is not my success, it is success of Modi Ji, BJP and people of Manipur, says Biren after winning the floor test.
The newly appointed chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state won the floor test on Monday with the support of 32 lawmakers in the 60-member Manipur Legislative Assembly.
According to sources, all the recently elected lawmakers of BJP along with an Independent and a Trinamool Congress legislator have been lodged in a Gauhati hotel since Thursday, March 16, after the swearing in ceremony of the chief minister.
Defeating Govindas Konthoujam of the Congress, BJP's Y Khemchand has also been elected as speaker by voice vote.
The ministers who were recently inducted in the BJP-led ministry of state, includes two BJP MLAs (including CM), four MLAs of NPP, one from Naga People's Front (NPF), one from Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and a legislator of Congress who shifted to BJP.
In the Manipur polls 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won only 21 seats while Congress got 28 seats, but with the help of other party MLAs BJP was able to form the state government.
After winning the floor test, CM Biren said: "I thank my team, it is not my success it is success of Modi Ji, BJP and people of Manipur"
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulates the new chief minister on social networking site Twitter.
"Congratulations to Manipur CM Sh. N Biren Singh on winning the trust vote in the assembly. I am sure Manipur will prosper under his leadership," wrote Rajnath.
Meanwhile, the economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council for more than 4 months in the lifeline highways of the state was lifted on Sunday.