The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced Nongthombam Biren Singh as its Chief Ministerial candidate for Manipur.
‘BJP’s legislature party leader will be N Biren Singh; we will soon move to stake claim to form the Government’, Union minister Piyush Goel told the media.
Who is Nongthombam Biren Singh?
A national football player-turned journalist-turned-politician, 56-year-old Nongthombam Biren Singh was CM Okram Ibobi Singh’s most trusted lieutenant before he parted ways with Congress to join BJP last year.
Beginning his political career in 2002 when he was elected to the 8th Manipur Legislative Assembly from his home constituency, Heingang, as a Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party candidate. He later became vice president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee after he led a subtle dissidence against Ibobi five years ago and asked for a leadership change in the state.
It is to be noted that Singh won from Heingang defeating TMC’s Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Manipur.
NPP wants Dy CM post in Manipur
The quest for power has already begun in Manipur, and it is up to the National People’s Party (NPP), which won four seats in the polls, to play the role of kingmaker. Although a BJP-led Government is certain in Manipur, it is revealed that support of allies have come at a price. Conrad Sangma’s NPP have told the BJP leadership that their support is conditional.
And for their support, the NPP might have someone in the Deputy CM post in Manipur. And that’s not all, should PM Narendra Modi consider expanding his cabinet in the near future, Conrad Sangma’s candidature may very well be considered. It all makes sense as elections are due in Meghalaya in March 2018 and Conrad Sangma may very well be the trump card representing BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA).