Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday will face the important floor test even as BJP is seeking to repeat the success it got in Goa. The floor test will be held in the 60-member Manipur Assembly. To make assured that everything is in order, BJP has blocked all its legislators in a Guwahati hotel along with an Independent and a Trinamool Congress lawmaker from Thursday. In a relief to CM N Biren Singh, the 5-month-long economic blockade in the state was lifted last night after successful talks among the Narendra Modi government, the Manipur state government and the Naga groups. In the meantime, Congress had yesterday restated that in Goa and Manipur, it had lost because of money and muscle power of the BJP, even after winning the polls.
The 60 elected members of the Manipur assembly were sworn in on Sunday. Earlier, Governor Najma Heptullah appointed V. Hangkhalian the pro-tem Speaker and administered the oath in a simple function at the Raj Bhavan. Most of the elected members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party returned to Imphal on Saturday evening from Guwahati. The strength of the Congress in the house went down to 27 from its original 28. A Congress legislator, T. Shyamkumar, had joined the cabinet. On Monday, the alliance ministry headed by N. Biren Singh shall undergo a floor test.
Earlier, N. Biren Singh was sworn in as the first BJP Chief Minister of Manipur on March 16. Only 2 BJP MLAs including the Chief Minister were inducted in the BJP-led ministry, while 4 MLAs of NPP, 1 each of NPF, LJP and the Congress legislator who joined the BJP party were included in the ministry.
Especially, the BJP won 21 seats and formed the state government with support of 4 each MLAs of NPP and NPF, one MLA of LJP and 1 each lawmaker of Congress and Trinamool Congress who joined hands with the BJP party.
The economic barrier was imposed by the United Naga Council on November 1 to protest against the creation of 7 new districts by the erstwhile Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in the state.
The blockade on 2 national highways — NH-2 and NH-37 — has led to sheer rise in prices of crucial commodities and severely affected the normal person life in the state.
It had become a key issue in the recently held assembly polls in the state.
congratulating the “first step of the newly formed government” led by the BJP, Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla stated the lifting of the barricade “will usher in an era of peace and prosperity” in the northeastern state.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh stated the lifting of the barricade was “just the beginning” and that his government was trying to fulfil the promises Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made to the people of the state.
Prior in the day, a joint statement, give out after the three-party talks held at the Senapati district headquarters, stated that there would be “unconditional release of the arrested UNC leaders and all cases related to the economic blockade against the Naga tribe leaders and student leaders will be closed”.
It had stated that the barricade would be lifted from the wee hours today.
The statement was signed by Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg of the Union Home Ministry, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) J Suresh Babu and Commissioner (Works) Radhakumar Singh of the Manipur government and UNC general secretary S Milan and All Naga Students Association president Seth Shatsang.
The three-party talks were held first on February 7 in Imphal for ending the blockade, but they had failed to make any progress as the UNC refused to allow the 7 new districts to be carved out.
The stakeholders had earlier met in Delhi on February 4 and the Centre had conveyed hope that the blockade would end soon.
The joint statement stated the next round of tripartite talks would be held within a month at political level.