Kohima: Nagaland political stalwart and NDPP’s leader Neiphiu took oath as the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the fifth straight term here on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Governor L Ganesan, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and other civil officials.
Rio’s Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and its ally – Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a total of 37 seats – 25 with NDPP and 12 with BJP – in the 60-member Assembly during the recently concluded Nagaland elections.
Nine MLAs including a woman legislator Salhoutuonuo Kruse, took oath as ministers in the Nagaland cabinet on Tuesday. Kruse along with G Kaito Aye, Jacob Zhimomi, KG Kenye, P Paiwang Konyak, Metsubo Jamir, Temjen Imna Along, CL John and P Bashangmongba Chang took oath in Kohima.
Meanwhile, the Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) which contested at 15 assembly constituencies also managed to open their account by securing the win on two seats.
The Naga People’s Front also won two seats, while Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) managed to bag 7 seats in the northern state. Janata Dal (United) won one seat.
History was scripted in Nagaland when the state elected its first women legislators in its 60 years of statehood.
The two women lawmakers – Hekhani Jakhalu and Salhoutuonuo Kruse of the ruling NDPP defeated the sitting MLAs in Western Angami and Dimapur-III seats.
The state, which has had 13 Assemblies so far, never had a woman MLA before the 2022 result.