The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government moved by chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh won the trust vote during the special one-day session in the Manipur assembly on Monday evening.
News agency PTI reported eight Congress MLAs skipped the session, refusing to obey a party whip. The 60-member Manipur Assembly currently has strength of 53 after the resignation of three BJP MLAs and disqualification of four members under the anti-defection law. The ruling coalition has 29 MLAs, while the Congress has 24.
Rajat Sethi, advisor to the CM tweeted, “Manipur BJP government has won the trust vote. The ayes have it. Devious plans of Congress to destabilize the government have failed. Congrats CM N Biren Singhji”.
The Congress had submitted a motion of no confidence against Singh’s government on July 28. The Congress also opposed the Speaker Yumnam Khemchand’s decision to hold a voice vote.