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Biren Singh takes oath as Chief Minister of Manipur

With Nongthombam Biren Singh taking oath as the Chief Minister of Manipur, it marks the end of 15 years of Congress rule in Manipur. The Congress could not get the majority numbers, even when it had emerged as the largest party in Manipur, winning 28 seats. It required just 3 more seats to form the government in Manipur, but it failed to do so. On the other hand, the BJP moved quickly to strike an alliance with other interested parties and independents, to reach the target of 31. It may be recalled that BJP had won only 21 seats in Manipur. After Biren Singh submitted proof of support of 32 MLAs, the Manipur governor Najma Heptulla invited him to form the government in Manipur.

The deputy Chief Minster Y Joykumar Singh of the National People’s Party also took oath during the ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Imphal. This is being considered a major breakthrough for BJP since this is the first time that the party has come to power in Manipur. However, the Congress party has been protesting against the governor’s invitation to Biren Singh, as it claims that the party with the most seats should be invited first to form the government in a State.

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