Manipur governor Najma Heptulla announced on Tuesday that she had called the BJP-led alliance to form the government in the state despite the Congress being the single largest party.
“It is the responsibility of the Governor, (powers) vested by the Constitution to weigh and measure a government’s stability,” she told media as said the BJP had been called.
“I know the Congress is the single largest party, but it is not incumbent on the Governor, and yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court also says, the responsibility of the governor is to see who has got majority, who will be working for the state, and has the stability.”
Earlier in the day, four MLAs from the Naga People’s Front (NPF) had met Heptulla and extended their support to the BJP. The NPF is a constituent of the NDA. Apart from them, four National People’s Party (NPP) legislators also extended their support to the BJP.
The BJP has claimed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
The Congress, however, has accused the national party of “stealing the mandate” in Manipur, as well as in Goa where Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as chief minister on Tuesday evening.
Responding to allegations of impropriety, Heptullah said, “In my 37 years in Parliament and when I was in Congress and worked with non-Congress governments, never have I faced such allegations. I’m a straightforward person and go by the book.”
Pointing out her position as Governor, she said it was her duty to choose a government that could help state progress.
“Manipur requires a lot of development... a lot can be done. I expect the government which will be chosen tomorrow, continue the work,” Heptullah said.
The swearing in ceremony will take place at Raj Bhavan at 1 pm on Wednesday.