NDPP-led PDA Govt to be sworn in today

NDPP-led PDA Govt to be sworn in today
Preparation for swearing in ceremony at Kohima Local ground.

Kohima, March 7: The 54-year-old Nagaland State which just witnessed the conclusion of 13th State Assembly elections, also known as the democratic festival, is fully geared to witness the first public swearing in ceremony of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers on Thursday.
In the history of statehood, the first ever open swearing in of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers will be held at the historic Kohima Local Ground (Khouciezie), which was once part of the battle field during the World War-II.
It is also worth recalling that the inauguration of Nagaland statehood on December 1, 1963 by the then President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnan was also held at the same venue.
In the past the swearing in ceremonies have been a high profile show held only in the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan with only the VVIPs, VIPs and top bureaucrats and officers attending the democratic ritual of establishing a new government.
However, the newly mandated alliance government comprising of 34 elected members from Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), BJP, National People’s Party (NPP), JD(U) and Independent coming together as People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) have decided to come before the public to swear by the Constitution of India.
An open invitation has also been given to the general public through newspaper advertisements.
Governor of Nagaland, P B Acharya will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the newly re-elected three-time former Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio at the main rostrum along with his 11 council of ministers.
Rio was the Chief Minister of Nagaland from 2003 till early May 2014 and tomorrow would be the fourth time he would be taking over the rein.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was reportedly requested to grace the glitz as this is also the first time that BJP has won 12 seats, has conveyed his inability to be here,v informed Raj Bhavan.
However, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah would be arriving for the function while Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda and some of the BJP national leaders are already in the State.
NDPP secretary general Abu Metha while informing that the newly elected Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has extended invitations to his counter parts of the North Eastern State, said that confirmations have been received from Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, who is the president of NPP, which has won two seats in Nagaland.
Notably, with the first ever swearing in ceremony being held at the public ground, the stretch of the road from Y-junction to DC office, which was deplorable condition yet left unattended during the lipstick repair for Hornbill Festival 2017, has been repaired for the new VIPs to have their smooth drive in top brand vehicles along with the VVIPs from beyond the State.
On the other hand, the local ground is getting the face lift for the second time this year as it was also done in mid-January for one of the biggest sporting extravaganza of the State Capital – the 63rd Kohima Village Sports Association meet.
Meanwhile, the district administration and police have made high security arrangement while traffic has also been streamlined for the smooth conduct of the swearing in ceremony. (Page News Service)