N Biren Singh took oath as the chief minister of Manipur at the Raj Bhawan in Imphal today. This comes after Governor Najma Haptullah 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 in order 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.
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Manipur CM swearing-in highlights
1:50 pm: The oath-taking ceremony has concluded. All the members of Singh’s cabinet have been sworn-in.
1:45 pm: New CM and ex-CM
1:35 pm: Some of the other ministers who took oath are: Th Biswajit of the BJP, L Jayantakumar of the NPP, Karan Shyam of LJP, L Haokip of NPP, N Koyisi of NPP, Losie Dikho of NPF, Th Shyamkumar who won on Congress ticket from Andro
Shyamkumar has defected to the BJP and is being sworn-in the cabinet.
1:28 pm: Y Joykumar Singh, who took oath as the deputy chief minister, is from the NPP. He is the former DGP of Manipur and was considered Ibobi’s right-hand man.
1:25 pm: And there you go. Biren Singh has been sworn-in as the chief minister. He takes oath and then later shakes hands with the former chief minister.
1:20 pm: Here’s a picture of Ibobi Singh, seated alongside BJP’s Ram Madhav. Union Minister Jitendra Singh also present.
1:15 pm: So the CM-designate has arrived.
1 pm: So, Ibobi Singh has finally arrived for the ceremony. State Congress president TN Haokip is there as well.
12:50 pm: The swearing-in function will begin any moment now.
12:37 pm: The titular king of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba, who had attended BJP campaign meetings during elections, is at the Raj Bhavan. Also present in Prakash Javadekar (unseen)
12:35 pm: There is a chair reserved for the former chief minister but it is not clear whether Ibobi Singh would arrive for the ceremony.
12:30 pm: Scene inside the Manipur Raj Bhawan where preparations are being done for the swearing-in ceremony.
12:29 pm: Prakash Javadekar confirmed that Amit Shah and Venkaiah Naidu, scheduled to fly to Imphal, could not come due to a snag in the aircraft.
12:20 pm: Okram Ibobi Singh has offered to resign as leader of the party. The CLP meeting of the Congress is proceeding at the moment. Perhaps a recognition of the fact that the Congress does not have the required numbers to cobble a majority.
12:05 pm: So party workers are filing into the area where the oath taking ceremony will take place. Remember, the ceremony will take place at 1 pm.
12 noon: So BJP chief Amit Shah will not be present at the ceremony. It looks like the aircraft glitch may have something to do with it.
11:40 am: Amit Shah and Ram Madhav are still said to be finalising the ministers who will take oath along with Biren Singh. Allies NPF and NPP will have to be accommodated in the cabinet.
11:05 am: Amit Shah’s flight after suffering a technical glitch has returned to Delhi, ANI reports. He had flown out to Imphal. It is not clear whether he will take a different flight.
10:55 am: BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma explains the numbers.
In the house of 60 in Manipur,@BJP4India has d support of 33 MLAs now. Congress is now only 27. No confusion.It’s a clear majority
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 13, 2017
10:40 am: BJP chief Amit Shah will attend the oath-taking ceremony as well as the ‘Abhinandan Samaraoh’ by BJP workers in Imphal.
10:20 am: The swearing-in function is likely to take place at 1 pm at Raj Bhawan.
10:15 am: Welcome to the live blog where we track all the updates from Imphal where N Biren Singh will take oath as the first BJP chief minister of Manipur.