Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who returned to power last month, expanded his ministry on Saturday by inducting six more faces.
Six new ministers joined the BJP-led government in Manipur on Saturday as CM Biren Singh expanded his cabinet after returning to power last month.
The BJP had secured a majority by winning 32 of the state’s 60 seats and the smaller parties were not sure if it will align with them.
Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Kiren Rijiju had on Sunday handed over a letter to Ganesan, stating that Singh was elected unanimously as the leader of the BJP legislature party with 32 MLAs.
Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh along with BJP national president J P Nadda and general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh were part of the deliberations with the PM.
Singh’s name as the CM was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman after a closed-door meeting with all BJP MLAs of the state.
The two central ministers were accompanied by caretaker Chief Minister N Biren Singh and legislators Th Bishwajit and Y Khemchand, who had gone to New Delhi on Saturday.
Party sources said they went in separate flights from Imphal.
Manipur caretaker CM N Biren Singh and senior BJP MLA Th Biswajit Singh, who were seen as contenders for the CM's post left for the national capital after being summoned by the party top brass.
BJP sources said they went in separate flights from Imphal. This is the second time in five days that the BJP leadership summoned the duo to Delhi.
Stating that he is one of the oldest members in the BJP family of Manipur, Biswajit denied the state BJP had been reduced to factions on the leadership issue.
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In Manipur, the party won 32 seats in the 60-member House enabling it to form the government on its own for the first time. In Goa, the BJP secured 20 out of 40 seats.
“Only three persons – Modiji, Amit Shahji and Naddaji – will decide who will become the next CM,” a BJP central leader told The New Indian Express
The trio would meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and party’s general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh.
Manipur Chief Minister (until at least the new cabinet is formed) N Biren Singh is not surprised that his party, BJP, has managed to retain power.
BJP Manipur president A Sharda Devi said the party’s parliamentary board would decide on the next CM candidate in consultation with the state unit.
National People's Party, a partner in the existing government which won seven seats in the just-concluded state poll, will not be a part of the new dispensation.
The 61-year-old has been widely credited for bringing peace and bridging the divide between the people of the valley and the hills, in this insurgency-hit, multi-ethnic state during his tenure as CM.
The party has decided to dump the National People’s Party (NPP) with which it had a torrid time in the past two years.
Counting of votes for 60 assembly seats in Manipur began at 8 am on Thursday under tight security and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, officials said.