A crucial one-day session of the Manipur Assembly will be held on Monday, in which a confidence motion will be moved by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, officials said on Sunday.
The Manipur Assembly secretary M Ramani Devi, issuing a notice, said that Chief Minister N Biren Singh will move a motion on Monday seeking the confidence of the House on the council of ministers.
Manipur Congress spokesperson Ningombam Bupenda Meitei said that instead of accepting the no-confidence motion moved by the Congress, the Manipur Legislative Assembly has accepted the motion of confidence moved by BJP government.
“Congress is confident to defeat the motion,” Meitei said.
“The Congress has already issued a whip to all its 24 MLAs to be present in the house and vote against the confidence motion,” he added.
“We would defeat the trust vote moved by the government. We would convert the people’s true mandate of 2017 into reality,” the Congress added.
It may be mentioned here that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Manipur plunged into a serious political crisis on June 17 after the four-member NPP (National People’s Party), the sole Trinamool Congress MLA, and an Independent MLA withdrew their support while three BJP MLAs quit the party and joined the Congress.
The nine-day-long political crisis ended with the intervention of Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP national President ConradSangma and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma.
It may be recalled here that in the 2017 Manipur Assembly elections, the Congress emerged as the single largest party securing 28 seats.
The BJP, which bagged 21 seats, however, stitched a coalition and formed the government with the support of four NPP members, four Naga People’s Front MLAs, the lone TMC MLA and an Independent member. Seven Congress MLAs also joined the BJP subsequently.
Demanding disqualification of the seven MLAs, the Congress in January this year had filed a petition in the Supreme Court, which had asked the Speaker to take appropriate steps.