Supporting BJP with party's permission, I'm still in Trinamool Congress: Robindro

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 21 seats, while Congress secured 24 seats in the Manipur Assembly Elections 2017, but with the help of other party MLAs BJP was able to form the state government.

He said, "Congress is offering ministerial berths and targeting to rope in four MLAs". He maintained that the petition had been referred to the secretary of the Assembly, M. Ramani Devi.

Khemchand was earlier elected the Speaker.

After winning the confidence vote, Mr Singh said, "The Opposition and the ruling combination should work together in the interest of the people of Manipur".

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He defeated Congress candidate for the post Govindas Konthoujam by voice vote. Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janashakti Party, an NDA ally, has one seat and one Congress legislator has defected to support the BJP. The trust vote will take place on March 20.

Singh was sworn-in as chief minister on March 16 after he assured Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla that he has the requisite number of MLAs to form the government. "We are here just to relax and also meet some of our senior party leaders", BJP lawmaker Thokchom Radheshyam Singh said according to a report in The Indian Express. Conversely, the Congress's lament that it did not receive adequate Central support in both flood relief and reconstruction apart from developmental work in the State clearly found few takers among the voters, who simply chose the party in power at the Centre.

The governor will address the House and the new government will present its first budget tomorrow.

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