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BJP's N. Biren Singh takes oath as Manipur CM

ANI  |  Imphal (Manipur) [India] 

The first BJP-led in was sworn-in today as Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nongthombam Biren Singh.

The Governor yesterday invited Biren Singh, who was unanimously elected the leader of the 21-member legislature party on Monday, to form the after four members of the Naga People's Front NPF, an ally, her and declared their support to the

The party has enlisted the support of regional parties the People's Party (NPP) and NPF, each with four seats, and one legislator each of the Lok Janshakti Party, and The NPP, NPF and LJP are allies at the Centre.

Biren Singh, a national-level footballer turned journalist, joined politics in 2002. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly from Democratic Revolutionary People's Party, which later merged with the

In 2003, he was appointed as minister in the state and retained his assembly seat in both 2007 and 2012 Assembly elections. His relationship with the then Chief Minister fell apart after he was excluded from the Cabinet in 2012. In October 2016, Singh left the and joined

31 MLAs are needed to form the in the 60 member-Assembly. Both the and had earlier staked claim to form the

The Congress, which has 28 MLAs, led the tally.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 13:53 IST