Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland CM, takes oath outside Raj Bhavan

  • Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland CM, takes oath outside Raj Bhavan

Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland CM, takes oath outside Raj Bhavan

People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) leader Neiphiu Rio will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland on March 8.

However, there is an unmistakable symbolism in the renaming of the stadium named after a Prime Minister from the Congress, which has always been an important player in Nagaland, but for the first time, was wiped off the state electorally, winning no seats and getting just two per cent votes. NDPP claimed to form the Government with support of 32 MLAs in the North-eastern state.

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Ten other Ministers were also administered the oath of office and secrecy.

Rio also reiterated his support for the ongoing Naga peace talks for an "honourable solution which is inclusive and acceptable to the people".

Rio, who was the chief minister of Nagaland from 2003 to 2014, has the experience of running a coalition.

"We have chosen to conduct this programme at this historic venue in honour of the people we are going to serve", Rio said addressing a public meeting after the oath-taking ceremony.

The newly-mandated alliance government, comprising 32 elected members of the NDPP, BJP, JD (U) and an Independent, however, has made a decision to take oath before the public.

By and large, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly poll has pronounced a fractured verdict.

The Governor has asked him to give a Letter of Support signed by the party's national president Conrad Sangma along with a letter with the signatures of both the NPP MLAs at the earliest. Governor P B Acharya on Tuesday said he had received letters of support in 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.

The lone Janata Dal-United MLA, G Kaito Aye, and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were also joined the Cabinet.

Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and BJP chief Amit Shah were among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony.