Neiphiu Rio sworn as Chief Minister of Nagaland

Last Modified Thursday, 8 March 2018 (17:40 IST)
Kohima: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader was today sworn in as by Governor P B Acharya at a function in Kohima, which was attended by top central leadership of BJP.This is Mr Rio’s fourth time as the chief minister of the Northeastern state.Mr Rio is heading the ‘People’s Democratic Alliance’ government in partnership with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.

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