While BJP changed the game in Madhya Pradesh and gave Congress a scare in Rajasthan ahead of Rajya Sabha poll it’s a different story in Manipur. The coalition government of BJP led by the Chief Minister (CM) Biren Singh in Manipur is on the verge of fall. This has happened as BJP MLAs have switched loyalties.
While in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh (and other states) the Congress MLAs were seen switching to BJP Manipur is showing the reverse trend. As per reports from NDTV 9 MLAs have withdrawn their support from the Biren Singh government in the northeastern state.
Amongst the 9 MLAs, 4 are from former Meghalaya’s CM Conrad Sangma-led National People’s Party or NPP who was in BJP’s coalition. NPP is no more an ally of BJP in the state. Further, 3 BJP MLAs S Subhash Chandra Singh, TT Haokip, and Samuel Jendai left the party and joined Congress. The lone Trinamool Congress MLA T Robindro Singh and Independent MLA Shahabuddin have also withdrawn support to the BJP. Now the BJP has 19 seats with 18 on its own and 1 from the lone supporting Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in the 60 seat assembly.
With 4 seats vacant the majority mark is far from BJP and is closer to Congres who has 25 seats on his own. With the support of its coalition partners, the Congress has 30 seats which are the majority to form a government. The Congress party is expected to make the claim to form the government and hold a confidence vote to the governor.