Neiphiu Rio to swear in as next CM of Nagaland today

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Taking about Rio, he will be taking an oath for the fourth term today as before this he has served as the Chief Minister for three times in the state between 2003 and 2014, making him the only Nagaland Chief Minister to have served three consecutive terms. The cabinet reiterated that the government would play the role of a facilitator in Naga peace process, and urged Naga groups that haven't yet done so to join ongoing negotiations.

As per reports, the Governor has asked Rio to prove his majority on the House floor on or before March 16.

BJPs Y Patton took oath as deputy chief minister. "The people and the masses are the real high command", Rio said.

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.

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.

National People's Party's (NPP) State president Ato Yepthomi said he had also submitted a letter supporting Mr Rio to the Governor.

Front (NPF), but after the declaration of the results on March 3, it had chose to support the NDPP-BJP alliance.

The swearing-in ceremony of the People's Democratic Alliance, Government of Nagaland will be conducted in "open air", which is the first of its kind in the history of Nagaland Legislative Assembly since the formation on February 11, 1964.

Ten other ministers were also administered oath by Acharya today.

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. In the outgoing government, all the 60 MLAs sat on the treasury benches.

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