By: Priyam Nayak
June 25 2020
Congress claimed to form a government after its coalition with BJP reduced to a minority. A week later, NPP said it would keep backing the BJP.
Congress claimed to form a government after its coalition with BJP reduced to a minority. A week later, NPP said it would keep backing the BJP.On June 17, 2020, nine MLAs, including three of the Bharatiya Janata Party, had withdrawn support from the BJP-led coalition government headed by Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren. A group of MLAs from the Congress, National People’s Party (NPP), and Trinamool Congress led by former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh(a member of the Indian National Congress) met Governor Najma Heptulla. They submitted a notice seeking the removal of the Assembly Speaker after the BJP-led coalition reduced to a minority. Led by Singh, Congress also led a claim to form the Secular Progressive Front (SPF) government after a special session of the 60-member Assembly for a no-confidence motion against the Ministry led by CM Biren. On June 24, 2020, reports stated that the BJP-led alliance government headed by CM Biren would stay in power and that the NPP would continue to support the government. The news came after an NPP-led delegation met BJP chief J P Nadda and Union Home Minister in New Delhi. The delegation comprised of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of NPP, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Yumnam Joy Kumar Singh and Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.