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Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio with PM Narendra Modi

Kohima: After taking the oath of office and secrecy, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who assumed office for the fifth time as the CM, expressed contentment at returning to the office. 

“I am happy to be back as CM. I am humbled by the people’s support,” Rio told reporters on Tuesday at Raj Bhavan Kohima after the swearing-in ceremony at Capital Cultural hall. The event was attended by Prime minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and other top leaders. 

When asked why a small state like Nagaland appointed two deputy chief ministers, Rio said arrangements were made as per the convenience of the alliance. 

For the first time, two deputy chief ministers were appointed in the state. Former deputy CM Y Patton and former leader of the NPF legislature party TR Zeliang were appointed as deputy CMs.

Queried if the state will head for another opposition-less government, Rio said that the matter would be discussed after the new government settled down. 

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“Wait and watch. We will do what is necessary. We are yet to take consultation of our alliance,” Rio said. 

While seven legislators from the NDPP and five from BJP secured cabinet berths, distribution of portfolio to the council of ministers, he informed, would be done in a day or two. 

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