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Nongthombam Biren Singh (born 1 January 1961)[1] is an Indian politician and former footballer and journalist. He is the current Chief Minister of Manipur.[2]

Nongthombam Biren Singh
The Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Biren Singh calling on the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, in New Delhi on September 06, 2017 (cropped).jpg
12th Chief Minister of Manipur
Assumed office
15 March 2017
GovernorNajma Heptullah
Preceded byOkram Ibobi Singh
Personal details
Born (1961-01-01) 1 January 1961 (age 58)
Imphal, Manipur, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Hiyainu Devi
Children3
Alma materManipur University
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/serviceBorder Security Force
Years of service1979–1993

He began his career as a footballer and got recruited in the Border Security Force (BSF) playing for its team in domestic competitions. He resigned from the BSF and turned to journalism. Despite having had no formal training and experience, he began the vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang in 1992 and worked as the editor till 2001.[1]

Turning to politics in 2002, Singh joined the Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party and won the assembly elections from Heingang. He retained the seat in 2007 contesting with an Indian National Congress ticket after joining the party in 2003. Serving as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, he quit the party in 2016 before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2017, he retained his seat from Heingang again and was named the Chief Minister after his party gained Coalition and formed the government.[3]

N. Biren Singh was awarded Champions of Change in 2018 for his exceptional work to the nation. The award was conferred by the Vice-President of India Sri. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhavan New Delhi.[4][5][6]

Political careerEdit

In 2002, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manipur, as the Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party (DRPP) candidate in the constituency Heingang. He later joined the Indian National Congress (INC).[7]

In May 2003 he was appointed Minister of State of Vigilance in the Manipur state government.[8]

In 2007 he retained his Assembly seat, contesting on behalf of the Indian National Congress (INC).[9] He was later appointed as the Minister of Irrigation & Flood Control and Youth Affairs & Sports in the State Government. In 2012 he again retained his Assembly seat for the third consecutive term.

In September 2015, Biren stated that the recently passed bill in the Manipur Legislative Assembly to protect indigenous peoples would not harm any community in the state.[10]

In October 2016, Biren resigned from the Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), this came after revolt against Okram Ibobi Singh, the then Chief Minister of Manipur.[11][12][13][14]

Singh formally joined the BJP on 17 October 2016 and later became the Spokesperson and Co-convener of the Election Management Committee of BJP Manipur Pradesh. He won the 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly Election from Heingang Assembly Constituency.

In March 2017, he was elected as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Manipur and with a majority of MLAs having been presented to the Governor, he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur on 15 March 2017.[15] He is the first ever BJP Chief Minister in Manipur.

In January 2018, he lays the foundation stone for the new academic building of Manipur Public School. The project is undertaken by Manipur Minorities and OBC Economic Development Society (MOBEDS). The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 10.80 crore under the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs and will include new classrooms, headmaster’s room, common rooms, library, laboratories, toilets and separate hostels for boys and girls.[16][17]

In April 20, 2018, Singh launched the First State-Level Ginger Festival [18]at Parbung in Pherzawl District. The festival will remain one of Singh's legacy in promotion of agriculture in the hill district which is one of the most backward in the state. Farmers have reported that since 2018 they are able to sell their organic ginger throughout the year.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "SHRI NONGTHOMBAM BIREN". manipurassembly.nic.in. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Who is N. Biren Singh?". The Hindu. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Biren Singh: From BSF barracks to Manipur's Chief Minister". The Economic Times. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Manipur CM Biren Singh gets 'Champions of Change' award.He is also known as Mr. Banned of Manipur for banning to much internet in Manipur". The New Indian Express.
  5. ^ "VP Naidu confers 'Champions of Change' award to Manipur CM - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "Manipur CM Conferred Champions of Change 2018 Award » Northeast Today". Northeast Today. 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "The Telegraph - North East". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ Election Commission of India: Statistical Report, 2007 Manipur Legislative Assembly election[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Govt Bills will not harm interest of any community in India: MLA Biren : 14th sep15 ~ E-Pao! Headlines". e-pao.net. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  11. ^ Congress starts rapprochement to bring back Nongthombam Biren
  12. ^ "Biren to join us on Oct 15: Sarma - Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Senior Manipur Congress Leader Biren Singh Resigns from Party » Northeast Today". northeasttoday.in. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Manipur senior Cong leader Biren quits". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  15. ^ "BJP names N Biren Singh as chief minister candidate for Manipur".
  16. ^ "Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh lays the foundation stone for the new academic building of Manipur Public School". Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Manipur CM Conferred Champions of Change 2018 Award » Northeast Today". Northeast Today. 27 December 2018.
  18. ^ "First ginger festival launched". www.ifp.co.in. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Okram Ibobi Singh
Chief Minister of Manipur
15 March 2017 – Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent