T. R. Zeliang
Zeliang 2017
Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland
Assumed office
7 March 2023
Serving with Y. Patton
GovernorLa Ganesan
Chief MinisterNeiphiu Rio
Preceded byI.K. Sema (1989)
10th Chief Minister of Nagaland
In office
19 July 2017 – 8 March 2018
GovernorPadmanabha Acharya
Preceded byShürhozelie Liezietsu
Succeeded byNeiphiu Rio
In office
24 May 2014 – 20 February 2017
Preceded byNeiphiu Rio
Succeeded byShürhozelie Liezietsu
Opposition leader of Nagaland Legislative Assembly
In office
15 March 2018 – 7 May 2022
Succeeded byVacant
Member of Nagaland Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byVatsu Meru
Personal details
Born (1952-02-21) 21 February 1952 (age 71)
Mbaupungwa, Assam, India (now in Nagaland, India)
Political partyNationalist Democratic Progressive Party
Other political
Naga People's Front
SpouseKevizenuo Rangkau
Residence(s)Rangkau Mansion, Dimapur, Nagaland

Taditui Rangkau Zeliang (born 21 February 1952)[1] is an Indian politician who is currently serving as the Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland. He has served twice as the Chief Minister of Nagaland, from May 2014 to February 2017 and from July 2017 to March 2018.[2] A leader of the Naga People's Front, T. R. Zeliang previously served as a Member of Parliament, representing Nagaland in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He served as the Chairman of United Democratic Alliance (Nagaland) and was former leader of the NPF Legislature Party and former Leader of Opposition in Nagaland Legislative Assembly.He represents the paren constituency in Nagaland Legislative Assembly since 2008.[3]

Early life and education

T. R. Zeliang was born to Rangleu Zeliang at Mbaupunggwa village under Peren District in 1952.[4][1] A Zeme Naga, T. R. Zeliang matriculated from Don Bosco High School in Dibrugarh, Assam and served as the President of Zeliangrong Students Union, General Secretary of Zeliangrong Action Committee and Zeliangrong Youth Organisation while in college.[4] He later entered politics and became the President of Peren District Youth Congress of the Indian National Congress.[5]

Political career

Zeliang contested the Nagaland Assembly elections of 1982 and 1987 unsuccessfully from 6 Tening Assembly Constituency.[4][6] He then won from Tening four times in a row beginning with the elections of 1989 as a candidate of the Naga People's Council[4] and subsequently in 1993, 1998 and 2003 as a candidate of the Indian National Congress.[4][7][8] He served as Minister of State for Information and Tourism during 1989–90 and as Minister of State for Relief & Rehabilitation from 1994 to 1998. During 1998 – 2003, he was the Minister for Environment and Forests and Geology and Mining under the Ministry of S C Jamir.[4][8] He formed Nagaland Congress in year 2003 and later merged it into Naga People's Front (NPF).[4] From 2004 to 2008, he was a Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha from Nagaland.[4] Returning to State politics in 2008, he was Minister for Planning, Geology and Mining, Animal Husbandry and Parliamentary Affairs under the Ministry of Neiphiu Rio. He contested State elections 9 times out of which he lost the first two elections and won the remaining 7. He won the assembly elections of 2008, 2013 and 2018 from Peren.[8][9]

Chief Minister of Nagaland

T. R. Zeliang was the Chief Minister of Nagaland from May 2014 to February 2017[4] and from July 2017 to March 2018 as 19th Chief Minister of Nagaland.[4] With 26 legislators in a House of 60, T.R. Zeliang was the legislature leader of the Naga Peoples' Front, the single largest Party in Nagaland. In 2022 T.R. Zeliang became the Chairman of United Democratic Alliance (Nagaland) in the opposition less Government of Nagaland.[10]

Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland

In 2023, he sworn as the deputy chief minister along with BJP's Yanthungo Patton.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "LEGISLATIVE BODIES IN INDIA". National Informatics Centre. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know about TR Zeliang". Moneycontrol News. 3 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ Election Commission of India: Statistical Report on General Election, 2003 to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland Archived 29 May 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Who is T R Zeliang, the new chief minister of Nagaland". The Financial Express. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  5. ^ "T R Zeliang at helm after four decades in Nagaland politics". The Financial Express. PTI. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  6. ^ "BIO – DATA OF SHRI T. R. ZELIANG". Government of Nagaland. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  7. ^ "NAGALAND 6 – Tenning (ST) Assembly Constituency". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "TR Zeliang takes over as 16th chief minister of Nagaland". The Times of India. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  9. ^ "Declaration of Result – Peren" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Nagaland: NPF leader TR Zeliang appointed as chairman of ruling United Democratic Alliance". India Today. PTI. 9 February 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Once Nagaland CM, T R Zeliang back in power, this time as Deputy CM". The Indian Express. 7 March 2023. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio-Led Cabinet Sworn In". Outlook. PTI. 7 March 2023. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
Political offices Preceded byNeiphiu Rio Chief Minister of Nagaland 24 May 2014 – 20 February 2017 Succeeded byShurhozelie Liezietsu Preceded byShurhozelie Liezietsu Chief Minister of Nagaland 19 July 2017 – 8 March 2018 Succeeded byNeiphiu Rio Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland 8 March 2023 - Incumbent