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Congress’ Ibobi resigns; Biren Singh BJP’s CM candidate for Manipur

Biren Singh

Imphal: In a major development in Manipur politics, on Monday N Biren Singh has been elected as BJP’s legislature party leader.

N Biren Singh, who left the Congress, last year after a falling out with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, is set to be his successor.

The BJP on Monday named Biren Singh as its chief ministerial candidate after the Governor said she was “satisfied” with the party’s numbers.

Biren Singh has elected to lead the 21 member BJP legislature party, Singh staked claim to form the government at the head of a motley coalition after outgoing Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh resigned on Monday.

Biren has submitted to governor Najma Heptullah a list of 32 MLAs—Manipur has a 60-member assembly and letters of support from P A Sangma’s party NPP (4 MLAs), NPF (4), LJP (1), independent Ashab Uddin and T Robindro Singh, who won on a Trinamool ticket.

However, Congress, as the single largest party, is also in the race with 28 legislators.

Outgoing Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh who submitted his resignation on Monday, has urged Governor Najma Heptullah to accept his claim to head the next government in Manipur on the basis of a letter of support from the 4-member NPP.

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