Rio attends Biplab Deb’s swearing-in; Gets pat on the back from Modi

Rio attends Biplab Deb’s swearing-in; Gets pat on the back from Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio (File Photo--Courtesy: Hindustan Times)
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Agartala, March 9: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today attended the swearing in ceremony of BJP-led Government in Tripura headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, ending 25 years of Left rule in the State.
Rio was among the few Chief Ministers seated in the front row of the dais at the sprawling Assam Rifles ground which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
After the programme, Modi was seen walking up to Rio, shook his hand and patted him on the back, perhaps congratulating him for mustering enough support to form the BJP-NDPP Government in Nagaland.
Rio was also seen chatting with Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh, with who he was seated next to. The camaraderie between the two neighbouring Chief Minsters was quite visible.
Meanwhile in line with the BJP Government’s move to rename institutions having Nehru-Gandhi name, within hours of forming the BJP-NDPP Government, the State Cabinet decided to rename the Indira Gandhi Stadium at Kohima as T Ao Stadium in memory of the first Naga Olympian to coincide with the centenary year of the sports legend.
A key political goal and election slogan for the BJP after it rode to power at the Centre in 2014 had been ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. The party has since pushed the line in assembly election after election, and succeeded in dethroning the Grand Old Party in several states, the latest being in Meghalaya. In Nagaland, it has come back to power again after changing allies, while in Tripura the BJP has ended the 25 years of Left rule. (Page News Service)