BJP, which won 21 seats in the polls, sailed past the magic figure after roping in 12 more legislators -four each from NPP and NPF, one each from LJP and TMC, one independent and a Congress MLA who defected to the saffron camp. The Congress tal ly now stands at 27.
Before the floor test, the House elected BJP's Yumnam Khemchand by a voice vote. A jubilant Biren told reporters after winning the trust vote: "It is only the beginning. I would like to convey my thanks to all our colleagues, the ruling MLAs, as well as opposition MLAs. No trouble has taken place inside and the voting process passed off smoothly .The opposition bench cooperated with us." Biren, who won from Hiengang constituency in Imphal East, said the name of the ruling alliance would be announced soon.