Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Neiphiu Rio to take oath as Nagaland chief minister

Neiphiu Rio to take oath as Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio to take oath as Nagaland chief minister
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 13:27

The newly-mandated alliance government, comprising 34 elected members of the NDPP, BJP, National Peoples Party (NPP), JD (U) and an Independent, however, has made a decision to take oath before the public.

Neiphiu Rio is set to take oath as chief minister of Nagaland on Thursday. Nagaland NPP president Ato Yepthomi had submitted the letter of support in favour of the NDPP-BJP alliance to Governor P B Acharya Tuesday.

Rio was elected unopposed on Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) ticket from 11th Northern Angami-II Assembly Constituency in the general elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

As per the Indian Constitution, a candidate needs support from at least 30 elected assembly members to become the Nagaland's chief minister.

Official sources confirmed presence of Rajnath Singh at the swearing-in ceremony tomorrow. Y Patton took oath as the deputy Chief Minister while 10 others were administered oath as ministers.

The outgoing chief minister T R Zeliang was also present at the function. It must be noted that the BJP contested 2018 Nagaland assembly elections in alliance with the NDPP after quitting its 15-year-old alliance with the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF). He further stated that he met the Governor to stake the claim as leader of the single-largest party, along with letters of support from NPP and JD (U).

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman and Junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju were among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony.

The NDPP- BJP alliance government is being formed in the state under the banner of People's Democratic Alliance. His resignation paves way for Senior NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio to take over.

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.