BJP leader N Biren Singh on Wednesday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Manipur at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal.
Ending 15 years of Congress rule in Manipur, this is the first time the BJP has come to power in the north-eastern state.
Y Joykumar Singh of the National People’s Party was sworn in as the deputy chief minister.
Yesterday, Manipur governor Najma Heptulla had invited Singh, who was unanimously elected the leader of the 21-member BJP legislature party, to form the government.
Here are a few facts you should know about N Biren Singh: first BJP CM of Manipur
He joined politics in 2002 and was elected to the Legislative Assembly as a candidate from the Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party from Heinganag.
He held the post of Minister of State of Vigilance in the Manipur state government in May 2003.
He contested the next elections in 2007 and retained his seat, fighting with a ticket from the Indian National Congress.
He then took over the post of the Minister of Irrigation and Flood Control and Youth Affairs & Sports.
He retained his assembly seat for third consecutive term in 2012.
In October 2016, after the protests aginst the then CM Okram Ibobi Singh, Biren resigned from the Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee.
Biren then joined the Bhartiya Janata Party on October 17, 2016, becoming the Spokesperson and the Co-convener of the Election Management Committee of the BJP in the state.
He won the 2017 Manipur Assembly elections as a BJP candidate.