BJP’s Y. Patton was administered the oath of office and secrecy as the deputy chief minister by the Governor.Ten other ministers were also administered the oath of office and secrecy. The ten included five from the BJP, three from the NDPP, an independent and a JD(U) MLA. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union minister Kiren Rijiju, BJP president Amit Shah and the party general secretary Ram Madhav were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
The chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya also attended Rio’s swearing-in. Mr Rio had staked claim to form the government on March 4 with the support of 32 legislators in the 60-member House — 18 MLAs of NDPP, 12 of the BJP, one of the JD(U) and an independent MLA. (UNI)