Chief Minister of Nagaland
Incumbent
Neiphiu Rio

since 8 March 2018
StyleThe Honourable (Formal)
Mr. Chief Minister (Informal)
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationCM
Member ofNagaland Legislative Assembly
Reports toGovernor of Nagaland
AppointerGovernor of Nagaland
Term lengthAt the confidence of the assembly
Chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.[1]
Inaugural holderP. Shilu Ao
Formation1 December 1963
(58 years ago)
 (1963-12-01)
DeputyYanthungo Patton

The Chief Minister of Nagaland is the chief executive of the Indian state of Nagaland. As per the Constitution of India, the governor is a state's de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister. Following elections to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, the state's governor usually invites the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats to form the government. The governor appoints the chief minister, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly. Given that he has the confidence of the assembly, the chief minister's term is for five years and is subject to no term limits.[1]

Since 1963, ten people belonging to seven parties have served as Chief Minister of Nagaland. The first three belonged to the Naga Nationalist Organisation, including the inaugural officeholder P. Shilu Ao. The current incumbent is Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, in office since 8 March 2018.

List

No[a] Portrait Name Constituency Term of office[2] Days in office Assembly

(election)

Party[b]
1
P. Shilu Ao Impur 1 December 1963 14 August 1966 2 years, 256 days Interim Nagaland Nationalist Organisation
1st

(1964 election)

2
T. N. Angami Western Angami 14 August 1966 22 February 1969 2 years, 192 days
3
Hokishe Sema Akuluto 22 February 1969 26 February 1974 5 years, 4 days 2nd

(1969 election)

4
Vizol Angami Southern Angami-II 26 February 1974 10 March 1975 1 year, 12 days 3rd

(1974 election)

United Democratic Front
5
John Bosco Jasokie Kohima Town 10 March 1975 20 March 1975 10 days Naga National Democratic Party
Vacant[c]
(President's rule)
N/A 20 March 1975 25 November 1977 2 years, 250 days N/A
(4)
Vizol Angami Southern Angami-II 25 November 1977 18 April 1980 2 years, 145 days 4th

(1977 election)

United Democratic Front
6
S. C. Jamir Aonglenden 18 April 1980 5 June 1980 48 days United Democratic Front—Progressive
(5)
John Bosco Jasokie Kohima Town 5 June 1980 18 November 1982 2 years, 166 days Naga National Democratic Party
(6)
S. C. Jamir Aonglenden 18 November 1982 28 October 1986 3 years, 344 days 5th

(1982 election)

United Democratic Front—Progressive
(3)
Hokishe Sema 29 October 1986 7 August 1988 1 year, 283 days Indian National Congress
6th

(1987 election)

Vacant[c]
(President's rule)
N/A 7 August 1988 25 January 1989 171 days N/A
(6)
S. C. Jamir Mokokchung Town 25 January 1989 10 May 1990 1 year, 105 days 7th

(1989 election)

Indian National Congress
7
K. L. Chishi Atoizu 16 May 1990 19 June 1990 34 days
8
Vamüzo Phesao 19 June 1990 2 April 1992 1 year, 288 days Nagaland People's Council
Vacant[c]
(President's rule)
N/A 2 April 1992 22 February 1993 326 days N/A
(6)
S. C. Jamir Aonglenden 22 February 1993 6 March 2003 10 years, 12 days 8th

(1993 election)

Indian National Congress
9th

(1998 election)

9
Neiphiu Rio Northern Angami-II 6 March 2003 3 January 2008 4 years, 303 days 10th

(2003 election)

Nagaland People's Front
Vacant[c]
(President's rule)
N/A 3 January 2008 12 March 2008 69 days N/A
(9)
Neiphiu Rio Northern Angami-II 12 March 2008 5 March 2013 6 years, 73 days 11th

(2008 election)

Nagaland People's Front
5 March 2013 24 May 2014 12th

(2013 election)

10
T. R. Zeliang Peren 24 May 2014 22 February 2017 2 years, 274 days
11
Shürhozelie Liezietsu 22 February 2017 19 July 2017 147 days
(10)
T. R. Zeliang Peren 19 July 2017 8 March 2018 232 days
(9)
Neiphiu Rio Northern Angami-II 8 March 2018 Incumbent 3 years, 273 days 13th

(2018 election)

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party

Notes

Footnotes
  1. ^ A number inside brackets indicates that the incumbent has previously held office.
  2. ^ This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he headed may have been a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.
  3. ^ a b c d President's rule may be imposed when the "government in a state is not able to function as per the Constitution", which often happens because no party or coalition has a majority in the assembly. When President's rule is in force in a state, its council of ministers stands dissolved. The office of chief minister thus lies vacant, and the administration is taken over by the governor, who functions on behalf of the central government. At times, the legislative assembly also stands dissolved.[3]
References
  1. ^ a b Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th Edition, 2011 Reprint. pp. 241, 245. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9. Note: although the text talks about Indian state governments in general, it applies for the specific case of Nagaland as well.
  2. ^ "General Information, Nagaland". Information & Public Relations department, Nagaland government. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2009.
  3. ^ Amberish K. Diwanji. "A dummy's guide to President's rule". Rediff.com. 15 March 2005.