TR Zeliang resigns as Nagaland CM, Rio to take oath soon

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of TR Zeliang.

File Photo of TR Zeliang.

Outgoing Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang said he had submitted his resignation to Governor PB Acharya. Neiphiu Rio will soon take oath as the next Chief Minister of the state

He told reporters that his party, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), would play the role of a constructive opposition in the Assembly for the welfare of the state.

Zeliang had earlier claimed that he had the support of the majority of the MLAs in the House. The NPF had won 27 seats in the 60-member state Assembly in the recently held election.

The BJP had on Monday announced that it had severed its 15-year-old alliance with the NPF and said it would go with its pre-poll ally, the NDPP.

After meeting senior NDPP leader and former chief minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima, BJP leader and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told newsmen that his party was no longer in alliance with the NPF that had been in power in the state since 2008.

“Today, I can officially say that we have no truck with the NPF and there is no question of going back to the NPF in forming the government. We will go with the NDPP,” Sarma said in reply to a question.

(With inputs from PTI)