N Biren sworn in as CM of first BJP-led govt in Manipurtext_fields
Imphal: N Biren Singh was Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of the first-ever BJP-led government in Manipur after the Assembly election threw up a hung house.
Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Singh at a function in Raj Bhavan here.
Eight other ministers from the BJP and its alliance partners also took oath along with the chief minister. Y Joykumar of NPP has been designated as the Deputy Chief Minister.
The other ministers are Th Biswajit Singh of BJP, L Jayantakumar Singh, L Haokip and N Kayisii of National People's Party, L Dikho of Naga People's Front and Karam Shyam of LJP.
TH Shyamkumar, a Congress MLA who defected to the BJP, was also sworn in.
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.
BJP President Amit Shah and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who were scheduled to attend the function, could not arrive here as the aircraft they were travelling in suffered an engine problem mid-air prompting the pilot to return to Delhi.
Heptulla had yesterday invited Biren Singh, who was unanimously elected the leader of the 21-member BJP Legislature Party, to form the government.
The BJP has claimed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.