Neiphiu Rio takes oath as Nagaland CM

09 March, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • NDPP-BJP ministry to take oath in Kohima in presence of Rajnath Singh

The BJP-NDPP combine that bagged 30 seats enjoyed the support of one JD (U) legislator and an Independent.

Along with this, Y Patton from BJP will also take oath as the deputy chief minister today.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who attended the swearing-in-ceremony of the new coalition government of Nagaland and congratulated the new chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his council of ministers who were administered oath of office and secrecy at a function held at Khuochiezie local ground in Kohima on Thursday.

The new Chief Minister said that the PDA will ensure good governance and draw a new roadmap for Nagaland's development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's growth agenda.

Quitting the party, he had said: "I have been left with no option but to resign from the NPF in accordance of the wishes of the people and in the greater interest of the masses in collective endeavour to bring an early political solution".

Rio had served his three previous terms between 2003 and May 2014, making him the only Nagaland Chief Minister to have served three consecutive terms in office.


Rio will prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before March 16.

Rio and outgoing chief minister TR Zeliang of the NPF staked claim separately to form the government, saying they have the requisite number of legislators in the 60-member assembly.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah will attend the ceremony.

The NDPP-BJP alliance, forged before the elections, managed to unseat the 15-year rule of the NPF as it garnered the support of the two MLAs to take their tally to 32 in the assembly. The independent candidate Tongpang Ozukum and JD (U)'s G Kaito Aye were also inducted into the new cabinet.

National People's Party's (NPP) State president Ato Yepthomi said he had also submitted a letter supporting Mr Rio to the Governor. In January 2018, Nagaland's lone Lok Sabha member broke away from the ruling NPF after the party chose to sever ties with the BJP.

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