Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh

Name : Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh

Shri Nongthombam Biren Singh (born on 1st January, 1961) is an Indian politician and former footballer and journalist. He is the present Chief Minister of Manipur.

He began his career as a footballer, got recruited to the Border Security Force (BSF) and played for its team in domestic competitions. He resigned from the BSF and turned to journalism. He began a vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang in 1992 and worked as its editor till 2001.

Turning to politics in 2002, Shri Singh joined the Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party and won assembly election from Heingang Assembly Constituency. He retained the seat in 2007. He continued to serve the state in the capacity of a Cabinet Minister till February 2012. He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2016. In 2017, he retained his seat from Heingang Assembly Constituency again and was named the 12th Chief Minister of Manipur. He won the floor test in the floor of the Assembly with the support of 33 MLAs of BJP and its allies.

Political career
In 2002, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Manipur, as the Democratic Revolutionary Peoples Party candidate in the Heingang Assembly Constituency.

In March 20, 2002, he moved a Private Members Resolution for a unanimous decision by the House to declare that the “People of Manipur irrespective of caste and tribe will live together hence-forth without any discrimination by forgetting all the past mistakes/misdeeds”.

In May 2003 he was appointed Minister of State for Vigilance in the Manipur state Government. He was also given the portfolio of Forest & Environment Minister (Ind. Charge) and held the position of Chairman, Manipur Pollution Control Board as well.

In 2007 he retained his Assembly seat, and was appointed as the Minister of Irrigation & Flood Control and Youth Affairs & Sports and Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CAF&PD) in the State Government. In 2012, he again retained his Assembly seat for the third consecutive term.
In September 2015, Shri Singh stated that the recently passed bill in the Manipur Legislative Assembly to protect indigenous peoples would not harm any community in the state.

In October 2016, Shri Singh resigned from the Manipur Legislative Assembly and the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, this came after revolt against the then Chief Minister of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh.

N. Biren Singh formally joined the BJP on 17 October, 2016 and later became the Spokesperson of Party and Co-convener of the Election Management Committee of BJP Manipur Pradesh. He won the 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly Election from Heingang Assembly Constituency for the record 4th time in a row.

In March 2017, he was elected as the leader of the BJP Legislatures Party in Manipur and was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur on 15 March 2017. He is the first ever BJP Chief Minister in Manipur. He is committed to transparent, corruption free governance and equitable development of all areas of the State and sections of the Society.

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