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BJP’s Biren Singh set to be new Chief Minister of Manipur

Imphal: BJP’s Nongthombam Biren Singh is set to take over as Chief Minister of Manipur in place of Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh.

BJP's Nongthombam Biren Singh is to be new Manipur CM.
BJP’s Nongthombam Biren Singh will be new Manipur CM.

Biren Singh was on Monday elected as the legislature party leader in Manipur and will meet Governor Najma Heptulla to stake claim to form the government, the BJP announced here.

A national football player-turned journalist-turned-politician, 56-year-old Biren Singh, MLA from Heingang Constituency, will be the Bharatiya Janata Party’s first Chief Minister in the state.

Biren Singh said he left the Congress Party because of misgovernance.

“It is a great challenge. The people have given the mandate for a change and I assure that our team under the leadership of Prime Minsister Narendra Modi will surely provide good governance,” Singh said.

Singh began his political career in 2002 when he was elected to the eighth Manipur Legislative Assembly from his home constituency, Heingang, as a Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party candidate.

Singh made his debut as a minister in the state in 2003 when was appointed minister of state for vigilance.

He later became vice-president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee after he led a subtle dissidence against Ibobi Singh five years ago and asked for a leadership change in the state.

TST
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