Kohima, February 12 : Three times former Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphu Rio is declared uncontested win in the Nagaland assembly polls after Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate Chupfuo Kense had withdraw his nomination papers.
On Monday, Rio declared uncontested after withdrawal by Chupfuo Kense in Northern Angami-II seat.
Now, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP alliance 1 seat ahead in Nagaland assembly polls scheduled on February 27.
Rio, who led Nagaland for 11 years, deserted the Naga People’s Front in January and joined in the newly formed political party Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).
Ended up its 15-year tie with the NPF in Nagaland BJP had forged alliance with Rio led NDPP and also decided seat sharing on February 3 last.
Rio’s party had fielded 40 candidates of the state’s 60 Assembly seats while the BJP fielded 20 candidates.
A member of the powerful Angami Naga tribe, Rio was first elected to Nagaland Legislative Assembly in 1989 as a Congress candidate from the Northern Angami-II constituency inducted as a minister in SC Jamir-led government.
Rio was again elected from the same seat in 1993 as a Congress candidate and also appointed as minister.
Known as the tallest political leader in Nagaland, Rio was the Home Minister of SC Jamir-led government from 1998 to 2002 and he left Congress in 2002 because of ideological differences with the then chief minister SC Jamir.
After quit Congress, Rio joined NPF and became first CM of Nagaland in 2003 after the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) won the 2003 state elections, bringing to end the Congress’s 10-year-long rule.
He again won from the Northern Angami-II seats in 2008 and 2013 and became CM.
With ambitions to enter in the national politics, Rio had contested in the 2014 general elections and elected to the Lower House and promised him to berth in the Union cabinet, but didn't and then he again come back to the regional politics and declared first winning candidate as uncontested in the 13th Nagaland assembly elections.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)