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Manipur as it happened: Biren Singh, council of ministers to take oath on Wednesday; Amit Shah to attend

On Thursday, as the major exit polls predict their results for Manipur Assembly Election, one clear takeaway is that BJP is enjoying an ascendancy in north-eastern states.

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Manipur as it happened: Biren Singh, council of ministers to take oath on Wednesday; Amit Shah to attend

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Manipur's CM-designate, Biren Singh has an uphill task of maintaining peace between hills and valley

Even as Nongthongbam Biren Singh heads to be the first BJP chief minister in Manipur, he has an uphill task of chalking out a mutually acceptable path of existence for all the ethnic identities in the conflict ridden state.

Nazma Heptullah, the Governor of Manipur, has invited the BJP to prove it’s strength on the floor after the saffron party handed her a list of 32 MLAs supporting N. Biren Singh’s candidature as the chief minister.


The saffron party takes charge of Manipur at a time when the state is torn by a long dwelling ethnic tension that resulted in an economic blockade which is more than four months old now. Though N. Biren Singh who is known as a man who dons many hats seems to be the right choice for the post, but the historic nature of the issue is likely to take more than the personal effort of the chief minister.


Read the prime issues those the N. Biren Singh’s government is likely to face, here

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Naga MLAs demand ministerial berths to back BJP government in Manipur​

 

Imphal: Nongthombam Biren, who is tipped to be the first BJP chief minister of Manipur, faces an unforeseen road block with the four Naga People's Front MLAs now demanding ministerial berths.
 

The four have also demanded similar berths for four other Naga MLAs with important portfolios.


On Monday, the Manipur unit NPF president Awangbung Newmai wrote an official letter to the BJP president in Manipur listing the demands.


It said: "As per resolutions of the 13 March meeting of the Manipur unit of the NPF its four MLAs should be inducted in the council of ministers."

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On Thursday, as the major exit polls predict their results for Manipur Assembly Election, one clear takeaway is that BJP is enjoying an ascendancy in north-eastern states. The Congress party's 15-year rule Manipur seems to be coming to an end, as exit polls forecast the BJP will likely win the 60-strong Manipur Assembly election.

The CVoter exit poll predicted historic gains for the BJP in Manipur, giving them between 25 and 31 seats, while estimating that the Congress would nab between 17 and 23 seats.

The CVoter's projection about BJP's ascendancy proves to be correct, this would be a big win for the party which may still fall short of the magic figure of 31. The same party had failed to open its accounts in the 2012 elections. However to form government in the state, the saffron unit might need the support of Naga People's Front (NPF). Though BJP chose contest solo in the polls and contest in all 60 seats, the party may just seek NPF help in forming a government and achieve the magic number of 31.

Manipur as it happened Biren Singh council of ministers to take oath on Wednesday Amit Shah to attend

Representational image. PTI

 

CVoter predictions for Manipur, based on a sample size of 1330, predicting a 36 percent positive swing in vote share compared to 2012 figures. According to the agency, while BJP may witness 33.6 per cent swing in its favour, Congress votes will witness a 12.9 per cent erosion. BJP's positive swing is likely to come at the expense of other politics parties whose combined vote share will go down by 20.6 per cent, according to CVoter. Region wise, the BJP is expected to have swept Outer Manipur and the New Districts, and its inroads in the Inner Manipur constituencies has clearly cut into the Congress' seat share.

However the India Today - Axis My India poll estimates that the Congress will win 30 to 36 seats in Manipur and the BJP would win between 16 and 22 seats.

Today's Chanakya exit poll gives the Congress 15 seats. The Manipur Assembly term ends on 18 March. Twenty seats have been reserved for SC/ST aspirants.

 

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