Neiphiu Rio sworn as Chief Minister of Nagaland for fourth time

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The state's Governor Padmanabha Acharya invited Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) to form a new government.

Mr Rio is the 22nd Chief Minister of Nagaland and today he was sworn-in for the fourth time as the Chief Minister of Nagaland.

Apart from the BJP top brass, regional heavyweights, Assam's chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his counterparts in Manipur Biren Singh, Arunachal Pradesh's Pema Khandu, and Conrad Sangma of Meghalaya were also present at the Local Ground.

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

The PDA includes 18 members from NDPP, 12 from BJP, one from the Janata Dal-United and an Independent in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly.

Mr Rio informed that he will visit New Delhi on March 13 next to meet the Prime Minister and will discuss with him on the various issues pertaining to the state, including the developmental activities. "The people and the masses are the real high command", Rio said.

The chief minister assured that his Government will give utmost attention for the gender equality and uplift the status of women in the state.

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

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

The swearing-in was attended by BJP president Amit Shah, Minister of State for Home and the party's Nagaland in- charge Kiren Rijiju, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and NEDA chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma. The independent candidate Tongpang Ozukum and JD (U)'s G Kaito Aye were also inducted into the new cabinet.

The announcement was made by the BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma who stated that party has already formed a pre-poll alliance with NDPP and now they are going to form a government in the state with its ally party.