13032017-TT-01.qxd 3/12/2017 10:23 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 13, 2017 himachal pradesh edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 71 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Second stint as CM from March16 Modi now sets Capt Amarinder elected CLP leader after Rahul’s nod; ministers to take oath too Rajmeet Singh LOBBYING FOR BERTH Tribune News Service HAPPY HOLI TO OUR READERS The offices of The Tribune will remain closed today on account of Holi. There will, therefore, be no issue of the paper tomorrow. NPP, LJP back BJP govt bid in Manipur Imphal, March 12 The BJP’s chances of forming the next government in Manipur brightened today with the National People’s Party (NPP) and the LJP formally extending 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. These will add up to 26 with BJP’s 21, five short of the magic figure of 31 to form the government. Madhav said as per an “understanding” with another NDA partner Naga People’s Front, which has won four seats, the number would go up to 30. The support of one more MLA would be “secured”. He said that yesterday, the NPF had issued a press statement that it was willing to form a non-Congress government in Manipur. NPP’s Conrad Sangma said that the popular verdict was for change in Manipur. — PTI Chandigarh, March 12 After steering the Congress to a thumping electoral victory, Capt Amarinder Singh will take oath as the Punjab Chief Minister on March 16. It would be his second innings as the CM after the stint from 2002 to 2007. Accompanied by party observer Ashok Gehlot, Capt Amarinder met Governor VP Singh Badnore to formally stake claim to form the next government. Not giving any names, he said a few Cabinet members would be sworn in too. Sources said their tally could be eight. The portfolios would be announced later. Talking to mediapersons, Amarinder said he would meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on March 14 on the constitution of the ministry. Earlier, at a meeting, the newly-elected Congress Lobbying for Cabinet berths has begun. Sources said AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi had told Capt Amarinder Singh to make sure only those with a clean image were inducted into the ministry. The party will have to devise criteria to represent all sections, including Dalits and minorities. As per the sanctioned strength, there will be 18 ministers in all, including the CM. <
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