13032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/13/2017 1:10 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 13, 2017 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. 32 on board, BJP to elect Manipur leader today Imphal, March 12 The BJP in Manipur tonight claimed to have secured the support of 32 MLAs after getting the backing of NDA constituents and two other MLAs. It said it would elect its legislature party leader tomorrow. The BJP has 21 MLAs and it secured the support of 11 others adding up to 32 legislators. Thirty-one MLAs are needed to form the government in the 60-member Assembly, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said after meeting Governor Najma Heptullah. A delegation of the BJP and parties supporting it called on the Governor but it was not clear what transpired at the meeting. Sarma said the legislature party leader would be elected tomorrow. Shyamkumar, one of the 28 Congress MLAs who won from Andro constituency, and the lone All-India Trinamool Congress legislator Robindro joined the BJP taking the party’s numbers to 32, Sarma said. Meanwhile, state Congress president TN Haokip said, “We are exploring possibilities to tie up with likeminded parties and will soon stake a claim to form the next government in the state. ” — 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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