New Delhi: N. Biren Singh has become the first-ever Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister of Manipur after taking oath on Wednesday along with eight other ministers in capital Imphal. Singh, who was invited by governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday evening, has the support of a coalition of 32 MLAs.
BJP emerged as the second largest party in the state after the Congress which has 28 seats but couldn’t muster the support of required 31 MLAs in the 60-member Manipur legislative assembly. Former chief minister and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh was also present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Here are the latest updates and highlights from Manipur:
■ BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were present at the swearing-in ceremony among others. Outgoing Chief Minister Ibobi Singh was also present.
■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates N. Biren Singh and his team.
■ Other ministers sworn in are: BJP’s Biswajit, NPP’s L. Jayantakumar, LJP’s Karan Shyam, NPP’s L. Haokip, NPP’s N. Koyisi, NPF’s Losie Dikho, Congress’ rebel MLA T. Shyamkumar who won from Andro.
■ N. Biren SIngh sworn in as Manipur chief minister in Imphal. NPP’s Y. Joykumar Singh takes oath as the deputy chief minister. Once considered former chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s right-hand man, Joykumar served as the former DGP of Manipur. (TV reports)
■ Aircraft carrying Amit Shah, Venkaiah Naidu to Imphal suffers engine problem, returns to Delhi. Naidu and Shah shelve plan to participate in swearing-in ceremony of N Biren Singh as Manipur CM after engine snag. (PTI)
■ Union ministers Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Jitendra Singh will also be present.
■ Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu will also join the swearing-in ceremony in Imphal. BJP heads the government in both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Manipur will be the third northeastern state where the saffron party will be in power.
■ The Congress has emerged as the single largest party with 28 seats in the assembly elections 2017 and, had also staked claim to form the government. But Biren Singh-led BJP coalition reportedly produced a list of 32 MLAs to governor Heptulla.
■ Any party or coalition requires the support of a minimum 31 MLAs for majority in the 60-member Manipur assembly.
■ BJP has the support of four MLAs each from Naga People’s Party (NPP), the National People’s Party (NPP) and one MLA from Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP). BJP has 21 MLAs.
■ T. Robindro Singh of the All India Trinamool Congress along with Congress MLA T. Shyam Kumar too are supporting the BJP-led coalition.