Thounaojam Chaoba Singh

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Thounoujam Chaoba
Born24 May 1937
Political partyBJP
RelativesThounaojam Basanta Singh(Son)
HonoursPadma Shree (2023)

Thounaojam Chaoba Singh (born 24 May 1937 in Utlou, Bishnupur district, Manipur) is former Indian Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party state president from Manipur. [1] [2] [3] He is popularly known as Utlou Chaoba by people of Manipur.


Political career

He began his career with the Indian National Congress. From 1972, to 1995, Chaoba won from the Nambol Assembly Seat 5 times. He was Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1975. He became deputy chief minister of Manipur from 1994 to 1995.

He was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha in 1996 from Inner Manipur from the Indian National Congress. He was elevated to the role of Congress Party state president in 1997.

He was re-elected from this seat to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 and 13th Lok Sabha in 1999, but both times contesting with his regional party, the Manipur State Congress Party.

In 1999, he became the Union Minister of State, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports in the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. [3]

Chaoba Singh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party prior to the 2004 Indian General Elections. He was named the Manipur BJP President and kept that role until 2006.

In the interim years, Singh formed his own Manipur People's Party.

In 2012, he was once again named Manipur BJP President and held that position until 2016. [4]

Chaoba Singh was named by various source as one of the front-runners to be Chief Minister during the 2017 Manipur Legislative Assembly election. However, he ended up losing from the Nambol and post went to N. Biren Singh. [5]


In 2023, he was honored with Padma Shree Award in public affairs by President of India Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan. [6]

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