Amit Shah's ‘victory march’ to announce BJP’s dominance in Manipur
Imphal, March 15: According to reports, on Wednesday when the Bharatiya Janata Party will form its first government in the hill state of Manipur in the northeast India, party president Amit Shah and his colleagues are likely to hold a massive roadshow in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur. "Amit Shah and other BJP leaders to hold a roadshow in Imphal, Manipur, on Wednesday," reported ANI.
The BJP party cadres are euphoric across the region, after reports came in on Tuesday that the saffron party is all set to form the government in the state. The BJP members have started celebrating the party's 'victory' after the BJP won 21 seats in the recently concluded assembly elections in the state. In the last assembly polls, held in 2012, the party failed to win even a single seat.
In five years, the party not only won 21 seats out of 60 that went to polls, but is all set to form its government in Manipur. "It is a huge victory for the BJP. We are celebrating," said a local BJP leader to a television channel.
On Wednesday, the first BJP-led government in Manipur will be sworn-in when N Biren Singh will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Najma Heptulla. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 1 pm on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Heptulla invited Singh, who was unanimously elected the leader of the 21-member BJP legislature party, to form the government. Both the BJP and the Congress had put up their best efforts to form the government in the hill state. Finally, the governor decided to invite the BJP as it has the largest number of seats, supported by smaller parties.
In the 60-member Manipur Assembly, a party (with or without allies) needs the support of 31 MLAs to stake its claim to form the government. Although the Congress has secured 28 seats, getting the maximum seats in the 60-member Manipur Assembly in the recently concluded elections, the BJP with 21 seats has staked its claim to form the next government in the state. On Sunday, the BJP submitted a list of 32 legislators to Heptullah, claiming the support of 11 other MLAs -- four of Naga People's Front, four National People's Party, one Lok Janshakti Party, one Independent and one Trinamool Congress Party. Earlier, the BJP unanimously elected Singh as the leader of the legislature party on Monday.
According to reports, after forming elected-governments in Assam and Manipur, the BJP is preparing to win the Meghalaya Assembly elections, scheduled in 2018. After Goa, Manipur would be the second state among the five where elections were held recently where the BJP would form a government despite not being the single largest party by cobbling together a post-poll alliance. BJP runs a coalition government in Assam and has its own government in Arunachal Pradesh crafted through defection.