New Nagaland CM assures to resolve Naga political issue soon

Neiphiu Rio to be sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister today

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. Governor P B Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rio and his council of 11 ministers.

Notably, TR Zeliang's Naga People's Front (NPF) won 26 seats in the recent polls.

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

Neiphiu Rio, who was elected the leader of the BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party-led alliance government, on Thursday took the oath for the fourth time as the chief minister of Nagaland and assured more transparency and a "positive change" in the northeastern state.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union minister Kiren Rijiju, BJP president Amit Shah and the party general secretary Ram Madhav were all present at the swearing-in ceremony.

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".

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In the letter, Governor also stated that he had received letters of support in favor of Rio from legislators of BJP, JD (U) and an Independent MLA besides NDPP legislators.

Rio is heading the 'People's Democratic Alliance (NDA)' government in partnership with the BJP in the state.

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

However, on Tuesday, BJP has denied any support to NPF and broke the 15 years tie with the party.

With the BJP choosing to go with its pre-poll alliance partner the NDPP, Zeliang is set to be the leader of the opposition in the assembly.


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