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Seeking to do a Karnataka in Manipur, Congress to stake claim to form goverment

Former Manipur Chief Minister and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh seeks an appointment with Manipur Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Friday to stake claim to form the government in the state.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Ibobi said the Governor should dissolve the present coalition government in Manipur, and invite the Congress, which was the single largest party in the 2017 assembly election.

In 2017 assembly election, Congress won 28 of the 60 assembly seats in the state, the BJP had won 21.

The BJP had later formed the government with the support of four MLAs from the Naga People’s Front, four MLAs National People’s Party, an independent candidate, an MLA from the TMC and an MLA from LJP.  Now Congress is reduced to 20 MLAs.

According to the report, Ibobi said: “As soon as the assembly election results had been announced I had rushed to the Raj Bhavan with a written application to meet Governor Najma Heptullah to stake claim on forming government. I had requested her to invite us to form the government, as Congress was the single largest party in the state. But she had called the BJP instead with the logic that they had the numbers and were able to put together a majority. But in Karnataka the single largest party has been called by the Governor to form the government.

“Based on the development in Karnataka our demand is that the present government be dissolved and we be allowed to form the government. India is one country with one law. There are no separate laws for Karnataka and Manipur. Does this mean that Manipur is not a part of the country.’’

Congress has also said that it was the single-largest party in Goa, Manipur and Meghalaya but was not invited to form government and demanded that Assemblies in those states be dissolved.

“On the basis of the rule followed in Karnataka, Congress, being the single-largest party, should be re-invited to form government in Goa, Meghalaya and Manipur,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

(Image source: PTI)

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