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BJP makes new beginning in Manipur as Biren Singh takes oath as CM

SNS | New Delhi |

It was a historic moment for the BJP in Manipur as party leader Nongthombam Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister of the state on Wednesday.

This is the first time that the BJP has come to power in the state, which had otherwise been a Congress bastion.

Biren Singh was elected unanimously as the leader of the BJP legislature party, and had staked claim to form the government after meeting the Governor on Tuesday.

Earlier state Governor Najma Haptullah had invited the BJP-led coalition under Singh to form the next government in the state after being assured of requisite support from regional parties and Independents.

Since March 11, the day of the results, both the Congress and the BJP have claimed support to form the next government. Although the Congress emerged as the single largest party with 28 MLAs, the BJP, with 21 MLAs, claims to have the support of NPP (4), NPF (4), LJP (1), and three others.