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Neiphiu Rio

Date of Birth: 11 November 1950.
Political Party: Nationalist Democratic Progressive
Occupation: Chief Minister of Nagaland.
Career Start: 1989.
Residence: R/O Tuophema Village (Basa), Kohima, Nagaland
Education: Graduate - Kohima Arts College.

History of The Candidate

Neiphiu Rio (born 11 November 1950) is an Indian politician who is the current Chief Minister of Nagaland. Rio has also served as Chief Minister for three separate terms (2003–08, 2008–13 and 2013–14), making him the only Nagaland Chief Minister to have served three consecutive terms. He was a Member of Parliament from Nagaland in Lok Sabha.

Rio is the son of Late Guolhoulie Rio of Tuophema village in Kohima District and belongs to the Angami Naga tribe. He received his early education from Baptist English School, Kohima and Sainik School, Purulia, West Bengal. He attended college at St Joseph’s College, Darjeeling and later graduated from Kohima Arts College.

Promoting youth empowerment, music, culture and sports. He is a supporter of creative fields especially the arts. His Favourite Pastime are Sports, Reading, Gardening, Music and Travelling. He survived assassination attempt on life when armed persons ambushed his motorcade at Dimapur in Nagaland on 30th May 1995. He was then serving as PWD Minister of Nagaland. His driver was killed in the ambush and several of his armed body guards were injured.

Political Career

On joining politics, Rio was first elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly as Congress candidate from the Northern Angami-II constituency during the 7th General Elections of 1989. He was appointed as the Minister for Sports and School Education and subsequently as Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Art &Culture; also served as Chairman in Nagaland Industrial Development Corporation, Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board and Development Authority of Nagaland. Rio was again elected from the same Constituency in 1993 as Congress candidate and appointed as Minister for Works & Housing. As a member of the Indian National Congress, Rio was Nagaland’s Home Minister as part of the cabinet headed by S. C. Jamir from 1998 till 2002 when he resigned from the ministry accusing Chief Minister S. C. Jamir of blocking a negotiated settlement of the vexed Naga issue.

After his resignation, Rio joined Naga People’s Front which partnered with other Naga regionalist parties and the state branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under his leadership to form the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), a coalition which won the 2003 state elections, bringing the 10-year-long rule of the Indian National Congress in the state to an end. Rio subsequently took office as Chief Minister on 6 March 2003.

Before completing his first term, Rio was dismissed as Chief Minister when President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland on 3 January 2008. However, his party emerged as the single largest party in the ensuing elections and Rio, as the leader of DAN, was invited by the state Governor to form the government on 12 March 2008. During the 2013 Nagaland State elections, NPF won a thumping majority and Rio was re-elected as Chief Minister for a third term.

All the Promises Made by The Party

Honors/ Awards

Rio played a key role in setting up the Music Task Force, the first music industry in the country. He was awarded The Mother Teresa Millennium award, for his outstanding leadership and contributions to politics in Kolkata in the year 2007