Will bring change, says CM
Kohima, March 8: The official public swearing in ceremony of NDPP-BJP led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) at downtown Kohima public ground was 55 minutes behind schedule amidst thousands gathered with high expectation for development.
There was jubilation with high hope from thousands of people at the official venue where Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio along with his Council of Ministers took oath from Governor P B Acharya in presence of BJP President, Amit Shah and other saffron ministers, functionaries and Chief Ministers from the neighbouring States.
The Governor has asked the newly-elected Chief Minister to prove his majority in the floor of the House on or before March 16.
The NDPP-BJP alliance went to the people with a slogan “Change is coming” and for sure there will be change, either for good or for bad. But people have high hope on the grand alliance to deliver goods on the ground.
And today Rio assured to bring change during his brief address to the people. He said they had assured to bring change in the State and people have given them mandate to govern the State.
“We will bring change. We will work for the people,” said the Chief Minister of mixed bag PDA Government. He also assured to do away with the VIP culture adding that people are the VIPs. “Citizens are the real VIPs,” he said.
Though going by all indications his government is most likely to be remote controlled by the BJP high command in New Delhi, Chief Minister said people are the “high command” and his Government would work in close coordination with the people. He also assured to work with different stakeholders, NGOs and the Church in all aspects to take the State forward.
Asserting that the alliance has come to power with the slogan “Change is coming”, Rio assured of transparency and accountability by drawing a new roadmap for the State.
During his stay with the Naga People’s Front (NPF), transparency and accountability become a mockery with corruption at its peak and State’s deficit reaching Rs 2000 crores which was attributed to Rio’s Government.
NPF-BJP Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) came to power in 2003 with a strong promise of transparency and accountability which was never implemented.
The new Chief Minister also assured to support to the Union Government’s effort to hammer out solution to the decades old Indo-Naga political problem. “We are committed to the peace process and work a solution which will be inclusive,” he added.
No woman could make it to the Assembly this time again, but Rio promised to work towards empowering women, adding that NDPP-BJP stand for women empowerment.
Rio also sought cooperation from the Opposition Bench to work together for the progress of the State.
This is the second time Rio has come to power with the support of BJP. In 2003, during his first inning as Chief Minister, seven BJP members led by former Chief Minister, Dr Hokishe Sema supported him to form the DAN Government. But later he engineered defection in the coalition partners and the saffron party was sidelined after DAN-II and established a tacit understanding with the Congress led UPA Government at the Centre.
Today’s swearing in ceremony was attended among other by BJP President, Amit Shah; Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman; Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, former Chief Minister, T R Zeliang, Rajya Sabha MP, K G Kenye, BJP General Secretary, Ram Madhev, BJP State Unit President, Visasolie Lhongu, NDPP President, Chingwang Konyak and host of party functionaries of NDPP and BJP, State Government officials and supporters from neighbouring villages. Manipur Chief Minister, Biren Singh, Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonawal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Prema Khandu and Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma also attended.
In the midst of several top saffron leaders, the swearing in ceremony concluded with a popular song, “Halleluyah, King of Kings and Lord of lords”. Of course it appeared to be not quite soothing to the ears of leaders of the Hindu nationalist parties.
Six saffron MLAs have been inducted into the Ministry, three NDPP, one each of JD(U) and Independent. But the current arrangement has created murmuring in the PDA, according to sources. The task before the new Chief Minister and the BJP is where to accommodate the remaining MLAs who are also eyeing plump portfolios. (Page News Service)