Nagaland Governor PB Acharya on Tuesday appointed Neiphiu Rio, the leader of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), as chief minister.
Acharya asked Rio to prove he has the support of a majority of lawmakers in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly on, or before March 16.
Rio, the leader of a coaliton of 32 MLAs that includes several BJP legislators, will be sworn in on March 8.
Former Chief Minister TR Zeliang submitted his resignation to Acharya earlier today. He, too, had staked a claim to form a new government.
His Naga People’s Front has emerged as the largest single party in the state election. But its tally of 27 seats fell well short of the magic number: 31.