Congress eager to prove majority, date with Governor today
IMPHAL, 18th Jun: Day after nine MLAs from the ruling parties shifted allegiance to support the Congress, a common political forum christened Secular Progressive Front (SPF) has been formed under the leadership of Congress party as a first step towards proving majority in the floor of the Manipur Legislative Assembly and form a new government.
Informing this during a press meet held at Patsoi here on Thursday evening, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader O Ibobi said that BJP formed the government with its alliance partners after the 2017 state assembly election since no party could gain absolute majority.
However, after Wednesday’s withdrawal of support by nine MLAs, the majority of the present government has become questionable and it has no moral right to continue to hold power. As such, a no confidence motion has been submitted to the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
A joint meeting of Congress and the political parties that withdrew support from BJP was held on Thursday consequently resolved to re-float Secular Progressive Front (SPF) as a continuation of the earlier SPF 1 and 2. Thursday’s meet also agreed to work out a common minimum programme if the new alliance forms the government. It also agreed to submit a no confidence motion to the Speaker, and also to urge the Governor to convene a special session of the assembly to challenge the majority of the present government, the former chief minister said.
Consequently, a joint team of INC, NPP, AITC and independent MLA submitted a memorandum to the Governor with the appeal to summon the special assembly session. The delegation will meet the Governor on Friday at 5 pm, he informed.
He further said that Congress party has always been saying that it will play the role of a good opposition and provide constructive suggestions to the government. However, the BJP led alliance has cracked wide open and many of them had withdrawn support for reason best known to them. Congress has no hands behind the internal conflict in the government and those in the government may have clear understanding of the reason why the nine members of the assembly walked out of the government.
With all four members of NPP, who had ministerial berth including the post of deputy chief minister, and five others who quit the government are backing the Congress, the party (Congress) has firm belief to prove that it commands majority in the House, which is why the memorandum was submitted to the Governor, he said. As the memorandum was submitted after 3 pm, the Governor gave appointment for Friday 11.30 am. However, it was rescheduled for 5 pm since voting for Rajya Sabha election will continue till 4 pm, he added.
NPP’s former health minister L Jayantakumar was also present at the press meet.
The memorandum to the Governor was submitted by a joint team comprising NPP president Thangminlen Kipgen, MLA Th Lokeshwar, MLA Ak Mirabai and MLA Chaltonlien Amo.
Meanwhile, three AICC observers led by spokesperson Ajay Maken would arrive here on Friday in a special flight to take stock of political situatin in the state and observe preparation being made by the opposition parties to form a new government.
As per a reliable source, a special flight carrying AICC spokesperson Ajay Maken, CWC member and MP Gaurav Gogoi and AICC leader N Nakrani would land in Imphal at 7.45am Friday. The AICC leaders would then head to Patsoi where opposition MLAs are camping and discuss about forming a new government with alliance partners. However, there is no report of BJP national leader coming to the state on Friday.
Meanwhile, a BJP MLA currently camping at Classic Grande hotel informed that the party has made special strategy to ensure party’s candidate victorious in Rajya Sabha election on Friday but too early to disclose the strategy.