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BJP, Congressional leaders on tiptoe as Manipur MLA to participate in vote of confidence in Assembly | India News


IMPHAL: The BJP and Congressional leaders are on the alert as lawmakers in Manipur will vote on a confidence motion to be presented by Chief Minister N Biren Singh during a special one-day session of the Assembly on Monday.
The vote of confidence will decide the fate of the BJP-led coalition government in the state.
Both the BJP and Congress have thrown whips at their 18 and 24 MLAs, respectively, asking them to be present in the Assembly and vote along their party line.
The 60-member House staff is currently 53 following the resignation of three lawmakers and the disqualification of four members under the anti-desertion law.
BJP State Chairman S Tikendra Singh said he was confident that the government will win the vote of confidence by gaining the support of more than 30 members even though the coalition strength in the House is 29.
On July 28, Congress had filed a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led government in the state.
MLA Congress Keisham Meghachandra Singh, who had submitted the motion of no confidence, said that the motion of confidence to be presented by Prime Minister N Biren Singh has been included for discussion in the House business agenda distributed by the secretary of the Assembly on Saturday.
“The House Rules clearly state that if there are two separate motions on the same spirit of the issue, one pushed by the opposition and the other by the government, the government’s motion should be given priority. Then Congress participates in the motion. discussion, “he said.
During the discussion, Congress will highlight issues such as the high-profile drug seizure case involving former Chandel Autonomous District Council Chairman Lhukhosei Zou, a BJP leader at the time, the spread of COVID-19 and the unavailability of commodities during closing. Singh added.
The BJP-led coalition government in the state plunged into a political crisis on June 17 after six MLAs withdrew their support while three BJP lawmakers resigned from the party and joined Congress.
However, four MLAs from the National People’s Party (PNP) later returned to the coalition following the intervention of top BJP leaders and Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who is also the supreme of the PNP.

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