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Imphal, Mar 14: : Okram Ibobi Singh was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Manipur for the third consecutive time today at Raj Bhawan banquet hall at 3 pm. Governor Gurbhachan Jagat administered the oath. Ibobi took the oath in Manipuri with Congress President, Gaikhangam, Observer L Faliero , newly elected MLAs and senior officials in attendance.
Mr. Ibobi after the ceremony said the expectations of the people are high as he has been elected for the third time. He said, “ I can not give any excuse now , I have to perform well now”. The top priority will be law and order.
Serious thought will be given to the dismal power situation in the state. The electricity department may be converted into a corporation and partial privatisation was not ruled out. The government is seriously working hard to provide 20 hours of power daily he added.
The major hurdle in taking up power related works was collection of taxes and uncleared due has touched about Rs 300 crores he said. Providing safe drinking water, health sector will also receive top priority he added.
Expansion of his ministry will take soon within a week’s time he assured. He hinted that he will not be holding all the key portfolios this time.
Okram Ibobi Singh was yesterday elected as leader of the Congress Legislature party (CLP) and he staked his claim to form the new Ministry. The INC has a total strength of 42 in the newly constituted House.
Earlier in the day, 59 MLAs took the oath of office at Manipur Legislative Assembly Hall. The oath-taking ceremony was administered by Protem Speaker, L .Nandakumar Singh.
In the 60-member assembly, 42 are Congress MLAs, and 25 of them are new faces—12 from Indian National Congress (INC), five from Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP), four from Naga
People’s Front (NPF), three from Trinamool Congress and one from LJP.Pro tem Speaker, L Nandakumar administered the oath.
Ibobi was born on July 19, 1948 to Okram Angoubi Singh and Lukamani Devi at Thoubal Athokpam in Thoubal district . In 1984 he won as an Independent candidate from Khangabok Assembly constituency in Thoubal district. In 1990, Ibobi was re-elected as a Congress candidate. He became Minister-in-Charge of Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development. He became the 11th chief minister of Manipur on March 7, 2002 and since then he is continuing in the same post.
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