Guwahati: As promised during rallies, the new Chief Minister of Manipur state N Biren Singh appealed to the United Naga Council (UNC) to lift the economic blockade on two national highways, imposed since November 1.

“I appeal to the UNC to lift the blockade on humanitarian grounds as innocent people are suffering. We all can sit together and sort out differences,” he said at the BJP head office in Imphal after his swearing-in.

The step of the previous government to merge seven districts without talking with Naga administration led the Naga blockade since 6 months from now. N Biren Singh promised on a poll for this issue and hence he was able to maintain it with Manipur people. Biren said “The new government would work towards equal development in the State. It will be a government of one Manipur. There won’t be any discrimination against any religion, caste or community.”

Top police officer Y Joykumar of the National People’s Party was sworn in as deputy chief minister. While governor Najma Heptullah will take care of Oath of office and secrecy to N Biren Singh and 8 other ministers and its team. The ministers who were sworn in were Biswajit Singh, L Jayantakumar Singh, L Haokip and N Kayisii, L Dikho and Karam Shyam.

One of the Manipur’s first footballer to play out of State, the 56-year-old N Biren Singh was a key member of BSF Jawans that conquered the Durand Cup back in 1981. A few years later, he resigned and worked as the editor of a vernacular daily in Manipur.

Hence, N Biren Singh was able to win elections and is working as per the expectations of Manipur people.