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Manipur Assembly Election Results 2017: BJP elects N Biren Singh as CM candidate

Speaking to media persons, N Biren Singh thanked party president Amit Shah for the opportunity. (ANI)

With BJP all set to form government in Manipur, the party today elected N Biren Singh as legislature party leader, making him the chief ministerial face of the party. Speaking to media persons he thanked party president Amit Shah for the opportunity and expressed hope that his party would provide good governance to the people of the state.

Meanwhile, the Congress has today hit out at Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah, saying that being the single largest party it should have been given an first opportunity to form goevrnment in the state. Speaking to media, senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said that as his party was only two seats short of majority, it should have been asked to form the government first. He also added that it was “incompetent” on the part of the governor.

Earlier, the National People’s Party (NPP) claimed that it did not offer any support to the Congress. Speaking to media persons, PP leader Conrad Sangma said that the Congress’ letter to Governor claiming NPP support was “fake”. He also said that the sign in the letter was not of party president nor it was on official letter head. Sangma further added that party’s official letter with sign of MLAs supporting govt led by BJP has been submitted.

Hours after Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was asked to resign by state Governor Najma Heptullah, the former changed his stand and decided to resign within 24 hours. He had refused to resign saying that the Congress has majority to form government. The state assembly has 60 seats. In the results declared on Saturday, Congress won most number of seats with 28, followed by the BJP with 21.

Speaking to media persons, state governor Najma Heptullah had said that even while the Congres had brought letter of support signed by the NPP, it could not be accepted as the the same party had earlier submitted letter showing support to the BJP. Heptulla also said that she was yet to receive resignation letter from Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.