BJP leader Biren Singh sworn in as Manipur Chief Minister

BJP leader N. Biren Singh was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur. Y. Joykumar Singh of the National People's Party was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal.

BJP leader N. Biren Singh was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur.

Y. Joykumar Singh of the National People's Party was sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal.

The BJP alliance with regional parties, led by N Biren Singh had been invited to form the government in Manipur by Governor Najma Heptulla. The swearing-in took place at 1 pm today.

Chief ministers of neighbouring states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Sikkim attended the ceremony. BJP national president Amit Shah, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also attended the swearing-in.

In Manipur, the BJP, which is the second largest party behind incumbent Congress, had claimed that it enjoyed the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

Speaking to India Today, now CM Biren Singh claimed that more MLAs will be joining the alliance soon, hinting that the political churn may not end soon. He also promised to end the economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council within 48 hours after the government settles in post the floor test.

Governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday addressed the media defending her stand to invite the Saffron Party to form government in Manipur. "Hope Manipur will have a responsible opposition," she said.

The Congress, however, has been crying foul as it wasn't invited by the governor for government formation despite being the single largest party in the polls. Heptulla called it a decision "taken in favour of stability in the state".

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