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N. Biren Singh takes charge as Manipur CM

ANI  |  Imphal (Manipur) [India] 

(BJP) leader Nongthombam Biren Singh on Wednesday took charge as the Chief Minister of

Biren Singh earlier in the day swore-in as the Chief Minister.

Governor Najma Heptullah administered the oath of office to 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 Congress and joined BJP.

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

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

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 17:43 IST