Ibobi prepares to form government in Manipur

IMPHAL | May 17 (IFP): Manipur Congress legislature leader and former chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh led delegation will meet Manipur governor on Friday morning to stake claim to form the government in Manipur.

Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Manipur has sought for appointment to meet the governor of Manipur, Jagdish Mukhi.

“We will explain how the Congress party was denied to form the government despite being the largest party while putting forward the present development in Karnataka,” “We will stake claim,” said Okram Ibobi Singh.

Ibobi condemned Karnataka Governor Valabhai Vala’s invitation to BJP’s leader, BS Yeddyurappa today morning to form government and administering him the oath of office.

The BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 104 of the 222 seats, a handful short of the halfway mark. The formation of government was paved amidst the Congress and JDS post-poll alliance claiming to have the required numbers.

Ibobi questions, “If the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka, was invited to form the government then why was the same principle not applied in Manipur since there is only one law in the entire country”.

Congress emerged as the single largest party in the last Assembly election of Manipur securing 28 seats of the total 60 seats and fell short only three seats to prove majority. BJP secured only 21 seats, but was invited to form the government by the then Governor Najma Heptulla.

Soon after the election result was declared, we approached the Governor asking her to give the opportunity to prove our majority but despite her (Governor) assurance to do so the opportunity was given to BJP, said the former chief minister.

BJP formed the government with the support from four Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLAs, four NPP MLAs, an independent MLA from Jiribam, an MLA from TMC and an LJP MLA.

The AICC has instructed all its state units to organise May 18 as “Save Democracy Day” in all the States headquarters and district headquarters.

Ahead of this, Manipur PCC today protested staging a sit-in in front of the party office at BT Road, Imphal condemning the “Governors’ anti-constitutional swearing-in invitation” to form minority governments in Karnataka, Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya.

The protest was organised by Manipur state Youth Congress, Mahila Congress and National Students Union of India.

Mahila Congress Sena Dal president, L. Tilotama said, “The NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has ridiculed the Indian democracy.”

She said despite of Congress winning a majorityManipur Governor invited BJP, to form Manipur government.

Similarly during the Meghalaya assembly election, BJP was offered to form the government though they won only two seats. The same things also happened in Goa, said Tilotama.

When Congress claims to form government in Karnataka in alliance with Janata Dal (S), but the governor invited to BJP to form the government by giving one week time, she said.

Tilotama alleged that the BJP was trying to pouch the Congress and JD(S) party legislatures by horse trading like it happened in Manipur, Meghalaya and Goa.

The Congress demonstrators said such undemocratic act of the BJP totally shatters the democracy of the country. (IFP)

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