N Biren Singh was sworn in on wednesday as the Chief Minister of Manipur ending the 15 years of congress rule in the state.
This is the first time the BJP has come to power in the north-eastern state.
Y Joykumar Singh of the National People’s Party was sworn in as the deputy chief minister.
Imphal: NPP’s Y.Joykumar sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur pic.twitter.com/B71o0fiWtE— ANI (@ANI_news) March 15, 2017
Manipur had a hung verdict in the state assembly election, Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats, BJP came in at second place with 21 seats.But claimed to have the support of MLAs from NPP, NPF, LJP that helped it to from the government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Biren Singh after he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur and expressed confidence that his team will work for the state’s development.
Congratulations to Shri N Biren Singh and his team on taking oath. I am sure this team will work tirelessly towards Manipur’s development.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 15, 2017
Here’s look at Nongthombam Biren Singh’s political journey:
- A national-level football player- turned politician, Nongthombam Biren Singh has scored a winning goal to occupy the chief minister’s chair a year after revolting against the Ibobi Singh-led Congress government.
- A four-time MLA from Heingang Assembly constituency, 56-year-old Biren Singh joined the BJP last year.
- Formerly a minister in the Ibobi Singh-led government, Biren had resigned from the Manipur Assembly and Pradesh Congress Committee last year after revolting against Ibobi Singh.
- He then joined the BJP and contested on its ticket from the Heingang Assembly cosntituency. He was made the spokesperson and co-convener of the Election Management Committee of state BJP.
- Singh was elected to the state Legislative Assembly for the first time in 2002 from Heingang constituency as a Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party candidate.
- He later joined the Congress in 2003 and was appointed Minister of State for Vigilance in the Ibobi Singh ministry.
- He was re-elected from the same constituency in 2007 and was appointed as Minister of Irrigation and Flood Control, Youth Affairs and Sports.
- In 2012, he retained his Assembly seat for the third consecutive term but his relationship with Ibobi Singh soured after he was excluded from the cabinet.