On Wednesday afternoon, BJP leader N Biren Singh took oath as the new Chief Minister of Manipur and formed the first ever BJP-led government in the state. After two whole days of suspense, a BJP delegation, which included Prakash Javadekar and Piyush Goyal, along with Nongthombam Biren Singh met Governor Najma Heptulla and staked claim to form a government in Manipur. Meanwhile, CM Okaram Ibobi is reported to have submitted his resignation to the Governor in the evening. According to IE, Piyush Goyal addressed the media before meeting the Governor and said that the BJP legislature party had met at Imphal in the presence of all the 21 newly-elected MLAs. Following rigorous and extensive discussions with the Party President, Amit Shah, N Biren Singh’s name was suggested and he had been unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party and would form the government as the next Chief Minister of Manipur.
Here are a few things you should know about N Biren Singh:
2) He joined politics in 2002 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly as a candidate from the Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party from Heinganag. He held the post of age Minister of State of Vigilance in the Manipur state government in May 2003.
3) He contested the next elections in 2007 and retained his seat, fighting with a ticket from the Indian National Congress. He then took over the post of the Minister if Irrigation and Flood Control and Youth Affairs & Sports. He retained his assembly seat for th third consecutive term in 2012.
4) In October 2016, after the protests aginst the then CM Okram Ibobi Singh, Biren resigned from the Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee.
5) Biren then joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on October 17, 2016, becoming the Spokesperson and the Co-convener of the Election Management Committee of the BJP in the state. He won the 2017 Manipur Assembly elections as a BJP candidate and is all set to take up the post of the first BJP Chief Minister in the state.
Meanwhile, just hours after Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh was asked to resign by state Governor Najma Heptullah, the former changed his stand and decided to resign within 24 hours. He had refused to resign saying that the Congress has a majority to form a government. The state assembly has 60 seats. In the results declared on Saturday, Congress won the most number of seats with 28, followed by the BJP with 21.