Imphal: For a second time, Nongthombam Biren Singh has been chosen as the Chief Minister of Manipur. This was announced by Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here on Sunday.
Earlier, Union Ministers Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju, who were appointed as Central Observers and co observers respectively by the BJP Parliamentary Board to choose the Leader of State Legislative Assembly, arrived here in a special flight and met all the party legislators at the BJP Sanguine.
Biren Singh’s name was chosen after he was unanimously elected as the next CM of Manipur, declared Sitharaman.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had contested the recently-concluded Manipur polls under the leadership of Biren, but he was still fighting for the top post as Biswajit Singh, another aspirant, had been in the BJP longer than the CM.
Born on January 1, 1961 in Imphal, the Manipur chief minister later joined journalism in 1992 and started the vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang. He worked as the editor of the newspaper till 2001.
Biren entered politics in 2002 and joined the Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party. He later joined the Indian National Congress and retained the seat in the 2007 Assembly elections. Biren was then made Manipur’s minister of irrigation and flood control and youth affairs & sports and consumer affairs & public distribution (CAF&PD).
Biren joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in October 2016. In 2017, he contested Assembly elections from the Heingang seat and won, retaining the seat for the fourth consecutive term. He was sworn in as the chief minister of Manipur on March 15, 2017, becoming the first-ever BJP leader to become CM in the state. With agency inputs