Imphal (Manipur): The first BJP-led government in Manipur was sworn-in on Wednesday as Governor Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office and secrecy to Nongthombam Biren Singh. NPP's Y. Joykumar also took oath as Deputy Chief Minister.
Biren Singh, a former Congressman who joined the BJP only in October last year, was sworn in as the Chief Minister along with his Council of Ministers.
The BJP has formed government in Manipur in alliance with small regional parties and is expected to reward them for their support with Cabinet posts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated N Biren Singh on taking oath as Chief Minister of Manipur.
“Congratulations to N Biren Singh and his team on taking oath. I am sure this team will work tirelessly towards Manipur’s development,” the Prime Minister said.
The BJP, which has won 21 seats, has claimed it has the support of 33 legislators in the 60-member Manipur assembly. It needs 31 for a majority.
The Congress, which won the most seats, 28, emerged as the single largest party in Manipur after recently concluded state elections. The party accused the BJP of using "money power" to form the government.
The Congress was ruling Manipur since last 15 years.