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Manipur CM N. Biren Singh wins trust vote

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 20
Published on 21 Mar. 2017 12:20 AM IST
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Manipur chief minister, Nongthonbam Biren Singh on Monday won the crucial trust vote, paving way for the smooth functioning of the first ever BJP-led government in Manipur.
Biren Singh won floor test with the support of 32 MLAs through voice-vote that includes 20 BJP, four National People’s Party, four Naga Peoples’ Front, one each of Lok Janshakti Party, All India Trinamool Congress, Independent MLA and a Congress legislator who defected to BJP.
Before the trust vote, BJP legislator Yumnam Khemchand Singh was elected as the Speaker of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Earlier, while moving the confidence motion, chief minister Biren Singh expressed hope that all the members of the house would support his government cutting across party lines, saying “it was the need of the hour to jointly work together for peace in Manipur.”
He also informed the house about the decision of United Naga Council to withdraw the four month old economic blockade.
“This is the first step of confidence building measures being initiated by my government,” he said.
The next issue step was to settle burial issue of eight persons who died in the violent agitations at Churachandpur following the passing of three controversial bills.
On the other hand, the chief minister is still yet to induct three more legislators into his cabinet. As Congress seemed to wait and watch the next move of BJP, the party was hopeful to accommodate any dissident legislator to its fold, sources said.
Earlier, Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of protem Speaker to BJP MLA V Hangkhalian at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here.
After his swearing in as the protem Speaker, Hangkhalian administered the oath to newly elected MLAs in the Manipur Assembly premises.

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