IMPHAL, March 14 � Sixty-three year-old Okram Ibobi Singh was sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur for the third consecutive term this afternoon. Governor Gurbachan Jagat administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Chief Minister, in the presence of AICC leader Luizinho Faleirio at the crowded banquet hall of the Raj Bhavan here.
Ibobi on becoming new Chief Minister for the third term, told the media that law and order will be his top priority along with sectors like power, health, drinking water and connectivity.
Stating that the government is studying various corporation models in connection with revenue collection of power sector, he added that the State need to clear power supply bills of around Rs 300 crores.
Ibobi, however, declined to give the date for expansion of his Ministry, saying that it will be held within the shortest possible time as the Asembly�s budget session is likely to begin from March 19. But he revealed that ministerial berths will be kept for minorities and women.
Earlier, the Protem Speaker L Nandakumar administered the oath to the 59 newly-elected members of the Assembly which will have 25 new faces. Congress bagged 42 seats out of 60 in the Manipur Assembly.