BJP alliance wins trust vote
IMPHAL | Mar 20
The BJP led alliance won the crucial trust vote by a voice vote today and chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh sought full cooperation of the Opposition for smooth functioning of the government.
The treasury bench has 32 members – BJP 20, NPP 4, NPF 4, one LJP, one Trrinamool Congress and one Independent. On the other hand only Congress members, numbering 27 are in the Opposition bench.
After the voice vote, Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykisan demanded that the voting be held through secret ballot which was snubbed by Speaker Y Khemchand. He ruled that ‘ayes’ had the majority.
Moving the motion for vote of confidence chief minister and leader of the House N Biren Singh sought support from the Opposition in maintaining a stable government for the welfare of the state.
“We will try to resolve issues left by the previous government. I am not saying that the previous government did not do anything. We will pick up from where they left. My government’s first task is to lift the blockade and it was lifted yesterday and it is just the start,” Biren said.
He further said there is still the issue of nine “martyrs” in Churachandpur, who died during protests against the three bills passed by the state assembly in 2015 in the line ILP. Rainy season is approaching and lots of work is to be done in the hill areas. The Opposition should support the alliance in the interest of the public, he said.
After the vote of confidence motion, the Speaker adjourned the House till 11 am tomorrow.
Though the Congress emerged the single largest with 28 members the governor Najma Heptulla had invited the BJP led alliance to form the government, maintaining that her decision was taken after consideration of stability and the need for development of the state.
To keep the ruling flock together the BJP allocated ministerial berths to all the four NPP members and also to one of the four NPF members, lone LJP member and Congress defector.
Manipur’s ministry size is limited to 12. There is clamouring among BJP members for ministerial berths. With one berth as good as reserved for the lone lady member Nemcha Kipgen only two ministerial posts are left to be fought for. In addition to this there is the issue of the lone Trinamool Congress member and the Independent member.
Biren Singh is calculating on keeping majority of them happy by giving political posts.
The previous government of Ibobi Singh had appointed seven parliamentary secretaries. The team BJP is expected to appoint parliamentary secretaries.
There is also a growing demand for district-wise representation. For instance citizen organisations based in Ukhrul including Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong is demanding a ministerial berth for one of the NPF members of elected from Ukhrul.