Kohima: Senior Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio, along with the council of ministers took oath today as the Chief Minister of the Nagaland.
Governor PB Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rio and the 11 ministers at the main rostrum of the ground, in the presence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah, other union ministers.
In a first, the chief minister and council of ministers of a newly-elected government in Nagaland will take oath in full public view.
The swearing-in ceremonies in the state have so far been high-profile shows at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan, with VVIPs, VIPs and top bureaucrats in attendance.
The newly-mandated alliance government, comprising 34 elected members of the NDPP, BJP, National People’s Party (NPP), JD (U) and an Independent, however, has decided to take the oath before the public.
Neiphiu Rio, who floated the NDPP just ahead of the Assembly elections in Nagaland, had forged a pre-poll alliance with the BJP. The NDPP-BJP alliance had won 30 seats (NDPP 18, BJP 12) in the February 27 Nagaland Assembly polls.