Neiphiu Rio sworn as Chief Minister of Nagaland for fourth time

Casey Dawson
March 9, 2018

Neiphiu Rio has won the game of thrones but it could turn out to be a crown of thorns for the Nagaland chief minister. The cabinet reiterated that the government would play the role of a facilitator in Naga peace process, and urged Naga groups that haven't yet done so to join ongoing negotiations.

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

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

More than 25,000 people, including workers of political parties, witnessed the oath-taking ceremony, official sources said.

The Governor said he had received Letters of Support in Mr Rio's favour from 12 legislators of the BJP, one letter from the JD (U) and another from an Independent MLA, besides the 18 legislatures of the NDPP.

Nagaland to receive its new government today, the Nationalist Democratic People's Party along with Bhartiya Janata Party is all set to form a government in the state.

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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.

Outgoing chief minister TR Zeliang resigned on Tuesday.

Front (NPF), but after the declaration of the results on March 3, it had made a decision to support the NDPP-BJP alliance. 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).

"The people and the masses are the real high command", the newly-elected chief minister said. The independent candidate Tongpang Ozukum and JD (U)'s G Kaito Aye were also inducted into the new cabinet.

Central leaders including Defence Minister Niramala Sitharaman, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, BJP President Amit Shah and BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav were also present at the oath ceremony.

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