India: NPP, LJP extend support to BJP in Manipur
Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shout slogans during an election rally at Wangkhem village in Thoubal district of Manipur. Photograph: (AFP)
The Bharatiya Janata P chances of forming the next government in Manipur brightened today as the National People's Party and the LJP formally extended their support.
Flanked by NPP and LJP leaders and their winning candidates, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav told a press conference, "We have been able to come to an understanding with the NPP and the Lok Janshakti Party in our bid to form the government in Manipur."
The NPP and the LJP, both NDA constituents at the Centre, have won four seats and one seat, respectively, which will add up to 26 with BJP's 21, five short of the magic figure of 31 to form the government.
Madhav said that as per an "understanding" with another NDA partner Naga People's Front, which has won four seats, the number would go up to 30 and the support of one more MLA would be "secured".
He said that yesterday the NPF had issued a press statement wherein it said it was willing to form a non-Congress government in Manipur.
The NPP's Conrad Sangma said that the popular verdict was for a change in Manipur.
Asked who would be the chief minister in the event of the BJP forming a coalition government, Madhav said that the party leadership would decide soon.