Rio to re-shuffle ministry soon

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/17/2019 11:57:12 AM IST

As reported by Nagaland Post on June 8, chief minister Neiphiu Rio is all set to effect a minor reshuffle of his ministry soon.

According to source, pressure from ally, the BJP has triggered the move of the alliance which just completed one year in office.

It was also learnt that Rio held a thorough discussion with BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav over the proposed re-shuffle of his cabinet. A list of ministers and their re-shuffled portfolios was also sent to Delhi to apprise the Central BJP leadership, sources said.

Meanwhile, sources informed Nagaland Post that deputy chief minister Y Patton, who is currently in charge of Home and National Highway, is likely to be given the charge of Road and Bridges department, which is held by Independent MLA, Tongpang Ozukum.

Also, Zhaleo Rio, who is younger brother of the chief minister, is likely to be relieved from the post of deputy speaker and assigned as adviser of Sericulture and Excise departments, while newly elected member from 26 Aonglenden constituency Sharingain Longkumer may be given the post of deputy speaker, sources added.

Current PWD (R&B) minister Tongpang Ozukum is likely to be assigned Housing and Mechanical, while another BJP MLA Dr Longriniken is likely to be assigned Border Affairs and National Highway.

Incumbent Urban Development & Municipal Affairs minister Metsubo Jamir is likely to be given Rural Development portfolio, while Dr Nicky Kire is likely to be given the Urban & Municipal Affairs department.

PDA to last its full term: NDPP, BJP

NDPP and BJP Wednesday asserted that People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) was a pre-poll “sacred coalition” and supported by the highest leadership of the country, and assured the people that the ruling coalition was based and founded on mutual trust and collective responsibility, and that both would ensure that the alliance completed its full five-year term unhindered.

In a joint statement, NDPP president and PDA chairman Chingwang Konyak and BJP Nagaland president and PDA co-chairman Temjen Imna Along declared that both the parties were prepared to face any hurdle in a united manner that was in the greater interest of citizens of Nagaland.

Claiming that the PDA was going from strength to strength and that cohesiveness and teamwork within the alliance continued to grow and improve, both the leaders also extended their appreciation and gratefulness to the people of Nagaland for their overwhelming support and assured all the citizens to continue to strive tirelessly for the welfare of the State. 

They also sincerely appealed to all sections of people to come forward and participate in “our collective endeavour” of bringing progressive change.

The statement recalled that the alliance was formed between NDPP and BJP prior to the 2018 Nagaland Legislative Assembly election. 

The pre-poll  alliance and the agreement to jointly contest the assembly elections with a seat sharing formula was announced in Guwahati on February 3, 2018 by then Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in the presence of NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio and other senior BJP leaders. The two parties announced to contest as one pre-poll alliance entity with NDPP contesting in 40 seats and BJP in 20 seats. The PDA election campaign was launched at Mon town jointly by Rijiju and Rio on February 14, 2018, it added.

Thereafter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a PDA election rally in Tuensang town on February 22, 2018, wherein he had announced that the PDA would be led by chief ministerial candidate Rio. The rally was attended by senior leaders of NDA and PDA, BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav.

And with the support of the people, the PDA won the mandate of the electorate by winning in 30 Assembly constituencies, thereby emerging as the single largest entity in the Assembly election, the statement pointed out. 

Konyak and Along said the PDA government was sworn in at an official public swearing-in ceremony at Kohima Local Ground on March 8 with Rio as the chief minister and Y Patton as the deputy chief minister. They added that the historic ceremony was attended by BJP national president Amit Shah, Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Rijiju, Madhav and chief ministers of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh and several other senior national and regional leaders.

Subsequently the PDA fielded consensus candidates for one by-election to Lok Sabha in 2018, Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and a by-election in the Aonglenden Assembly constituency in Mokokchung district. The ruling coalition’s consensus candidates emerged victorious in all these three elections, they added.



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