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BJP�s RS poll success settles majority-minority issue: Manipur CM

By The Assam Tribune

IMPHAL, June 20 - The BJP candidate�s victory in the Rajya Sabha poll evidently settled the �majority and minority� issue, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said, in an apparent dig at the Congress-led Opposition seeking to oust him from power following the withdrawal of support by nine ruling coalition members, including four ministers.

While congratulating BJP candidate Leishemba Sanajaoba who romped home in the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the State, the Chief Minister said that �the success is evident enough to the matter related to which party is in majority and which one is in minority�.

Sanajaoba won the poll securing 28 votes against Congress candidate T Mangi Babu who got 24 votes, with eight MLAs not casting their votes in the House of 60 members.

�Concerning the majority and minority issue, there is no further need to deliberate on it again,� Biren Singh told media persons after meeting Sanajaoba at the latter�s palace on Friday night. The newly elected Rajya Sabha member is the titular king of Manipur.

With the Rajya Sabha poll in Manipur taking place in the backdrop of high political drama triggered by the resignation of nine ruling members, the BJP nominee�s victory reflects that the party still commands the majority and the Opposition�s claims of the ruling dispensation having been reduced to a minority after resignations does not stand the test of numbers.

Smelling a chance, the Congress had stepped up efforts to oust the BJP-led Government by urging Governor Najma Heptullah on Thursday to convene a special Assembly session for taking up a no-confidence motion against the Biren Singh dispensation.

The delegation to the Raj Bhawan under Congress Legislature Party leader O Ibobi Singh that included members of the National People�s Party (NPP) had claimed before the Governor that they command the numbers and the incumbent Government has fallen short of majority.

Thanking ally National People�s Front (NPF) MLAs and those who voted for Sanajaoba and also the people for their love and support, Biren Singh said his Government would now again focus on the COVID-19 situation to check the infection spread as it was doing earlier.

Meanwhile, Sanajaoba said he would now be able to translate his wishes into action to work for the people irrespective of any distinction among all ethnic groups.

Senior Congress leaders Ajay Maken and Gaurav Gogoi who reached Imphal on Friday evening, to take stock of the developing political situation in the State were quarantined at two separate hotels following COVID-19 guidelines, sources in their party said. � PTI

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