Imphal: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday confirmed that the party will not form coalition government with National People’s Party (NPP) in the state. NPP has emerged as the second political party in the Manipur Assembly Election 2022 winning 7 of 60 seats.
“BJP has got a full majority (32 seats) in Manipur. We are not going to make any coalition with NPP. NPF maybe and some independent candidates also expressed their willingness to support us. The decision will be taken in consultation with central leaders,” said Singh.
Earlier in the day, N Biren Singh tendered his resignation to the Governor and said, “The Governor told me to continue until the new government is sworn in. Our Assembly will last up to March 19 so the swearing-in ceremony will happen accordingly.”
The two parties endured a strained relationship over the past two years. Four NPP MLAs had left the coalition government before returning days later following an intervention by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
N. Biren Singh won from Heingang constituency with 24,814 defeating Congress candidate from the seat Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh who won mere 6,543 votes.
first published:March 11, 2022, 5:43 p.m.