Nagaland Current Affairs Digest – March 2023

Nagaland Current Affairs Digest – March 2023

01 March 2023: Re-Poll at four polling stations

  • Four polling stations in Nagaland went for re-polls on 1 March 2023.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered repolling at four polling stations in Nagaland’s Zunheboto, Wokha, Mon and Tuensang districts on 28th February 2023.
  • The four polling stations where re-poll was held are:
    1. New Colony polling station in Zunheboto assembly segment,
    2. Pangti V in Sanis constituency,Wokha
    3. Jaboka village in Tizit constituency, Mon and
    4. Pathso East Wing in Thonoknyu, Tuensang

02 March 2023: Counting begins for Nagaland Assembly Election 2023

  • Nagaland went to polls on 27th Feb. 2023 for 59 constituencies with a tentative voter turnout of 83.36 per cent till 5 PM. Counting on March 2.
  • Total 12 (twelve) political parties contested in the Nagaland Assembly Election 2023.
  • Total candidates contesting in the Nagaland Assembly Election 2023: 184
  • Total independent candidates contesting: 19
  • Elected unopposed: 1 (BJP, 31 A/C Akuloto)
  • Kazheto Kinimi, BJP candidate from 31- Akuluto assembly constituency in Nagaland won the Nagaland Assembly Election 2023 unopposed / uncontested for a second term.

02 March 2023: Nagaland scripts history, elects two women MLA

  • Nagaland scripts history. For the first time ever, two women were elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly as per the result declared for the Nagaland Legislative Assembly election 2023.
    1. Hekani Jakhalu (NDPP) from Dimapur III constituency and
    2. Salhoutuonuo Kruse  (NDPP)  from Western Angami constituency.


  • Hekani Jakhalu becomes the first woman MLA in Nagaland after registering a victory in the Dimapur-III constituency. Hekani Jakhalu won by a margin of 1536 votes against her nearest rival – AZHETO ZHIMOMI (Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas)).
  • Later, the Election Commission confirmed the victory of the second woman candidate Salhoutuonuo Kruse from Western Angami AC, who won by a margin of just 7 votes against her nearest rival Keneizhakho Nakhro
  • Former Chief Minister, Shri. Neiphiu Rio tweeted to congratulate the two women MLAs

History has been made! Heartfelt congratulations, Mrs.

@k_salhoutuonuo and Mrs. @Hekani Jakhalu on winning Assembly Elections. You carry the hopes of women and future generations as changemakers and role models. I hope you will continue to be passionate and courageous.
To which PM Narender Modi also tweeted:

This is a noteworthy feat. A special congratulations to the two newly elected MLAs. Last year,

@BJP4Nagaland scripted history by nominating @SPhangnon to the RS, making her the first woman RS MP from Nagaland. This is an encouraging trend, in line with the vibrant Naga culture.

02 March 2023: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 results declared

  • Party wise Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 result


  • List of all winners – Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 result

Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 Result.xlsx

S.NoConstituencyConst. No.WinnerWinner's PartyTrailing CandidateTrailing PartyMargin
1Aboi47C. MANPON KONYAKIndependentWANGKA KONYAKRepublican Party of India (Athawale)3524
2Aghunato34G IKUTO ZHIMOMINationalist Democratic Progressive PartyHUKIYE N TISSICALok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)592
3Akuluto31KAZHETOBharatiya Janata PartyUnopposed Winner
4Alongtaki30TEMJEN IMNA ALONGBharatiya Janata PartyJ. LANU LONGCHARJanata Dal (United)3748
5Angetyongpang24TONGPANG OZUKUMNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyER K WATIIndependent2220
6Aonglenden26SHARINGAIN LONGKUMERNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyTOSHIPOKBAIndian National Congress4390
7Arkakong22NuklutoshiNational People's PartyImnatibaNationalist Democratic Progressive Party1203
8Atoizu32PICTONationalist Congress PartyER KAHULI SEMABharatiya Janata Party602
9Bhandari40ACHUMBEMO KIKONNaga Peoples FrontMMHONLUMO KIKONBharatiya Janata Party3589
10Chazouba18KUDECHO KHAMONationalist Democratic Progressive PartyDR. CHOTISUH SAZOLok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)2238
11Chizami17K. G KenyeNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyKEVECHUTSO DOULOLok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)1279
12Dimapur-I1H. TOVIHOTO AYEMIBharatiya Janata PartyKEWEKHAPE THERIEIndian National Congress6959
13Dimapur-II2MOATOSHI LONGKUMERNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyY. VIKHEHO AWOMILok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)5147
14Dimapur-III3HEKANI JAKHALUNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyAZHETO ZHIMOMILok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)1536
15Ghaspani-I4N. JACOB ZHIMOMIBharatiya Janata PartyV. PHUSHIKA AOMIIndependent20096 (Max. Margin)
16Ghaspani-II5ZHALEO RIONationalist Democratic Progressive PartyZ. KASHETO YEPTHORepublican Party of India (Athawale)4175
17Impur23T N MANNENNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyBENDANGKOKBAIndian National Congress1095
18Jangpetkong29TemjenmenbaNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyImjongwati LongkumerNaga Peoples Front2001
19Kohima Town9Dr Tseilhoutuo Rhutso (Dr Ato)National People's PartyDr Neikiesalie Nicky KireNationalist Democratic Progressive Party1342
20Koridang28IMKONG L. IMCHENBharatiya Janata PartyMAJ. TOSHIKABA (Retd)Naga Peoples Front410
21Longkhim Chare52SETHRONGKYUBharatiya Janata PartyMUTHINGNYUBA SANGTAMNationalist Congress Party1623
22Longleng50A PONGSHI PHOMNationalist Congress PartyS. PANGNYU PHOMBharatiya Janata Party5270
23Meluri20Z.NYUSIETHO NYUTHENationalist Democratic Progressive PartyYITACHULok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)3580
24Moka48A NYAMNYEI KONYAKNational People's PartyEE PANGTEANGNationalist Democratic Progressive Party556
25Mokokchung Town27METSUBO JAMIRNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyALEM JONGSHIIndian National Congress3911
26Mon Town46Y MANKHAO KONYAKNationalist Congress PartyER. CHEONG KONYAKBharatiya Janata Party2611
27Mongoya25IMKONGMARNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyS SUPONGMEREN JAMIRIndian National Congress1042
28Noklak56P LongonNationalist Congress PartyH HaiyingBharatiya Janata Party734
29Noksen51Y. Lima Onen ChangRepublican Party of India (Athawale)H. Chuba ChangNationalist Democratic Progressive Party188
30Northern Angami-I10Dr.Kekhrielhoulie YhomeNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyKHRIEHU LIEZIETSUNaga Peoples Front1690
31Northern Angami-II11Neiphiu RioNationalist Democratic Progressive PartySEYIEVILIE SACHUIndian National Congress15824
32Peren7Taditui Rangkau ZeliangNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyKingudi JosephNaga Peoples Front9915
33Pfutsero16DR.NEISATUO MEROIndependentNEIBA KRONUNationalist Democratic Progressive Party104
34Phek19Kuzholuzo NienuNaga Peoples FrontKupota KhesohNationalist Democratic Progressive Party48
35Phomching44K Konngam KonyakBharatiya Janata PartyPohwang KonyakNationalist Congress Party2877
36Pughoboto13DR SUKHATO A SEMALok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)Y VIKHEHO SWUNationalist Democratic Progressive Party850
37Pungro Kiphire60S. Kiusumew YimchungerNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyT. Yangseo SangtamRepublican Party of India (Athawale)2291
38Sanis39Mhathung YanthanNationalist Democratic Progressive PartySenkathung JamiRashtriya Janata Dal9513
39Satakha36G. KAITO AYENationalist Democratic Progressive PartyZHEITO CHOPHYLok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)1351
40Seyochung Sitimi59C. Kipili SangtamNational People's PartyV. Kashiho SangtamBharatiya Janata Party930
41Shamator Chessore58S KEOSHU YIMCHUNGERNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyR TOHANBALok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)2295
42Southern Angami-I14Kevipodi SophieIndependentMedo YhokhaNationalist Democratic Progressive Party177
43Southern Angami-II15Kropol VitsuBharatiya Janata PartyZale NeikhaNationalist Congress Party450
44Suruhuto33S. TOIHO YEPTHONationalist Congress PartyH. KHEHOVIBharatiya Janata Party69
45Tamlu49B. Bangtick PhomIndependentB.S. Nganlang PhomNationalist Democratic Progressive Party694
46Tapi43NOKE WANGNAONationalist Democratic Progressive PartyWANGLEM KONYAKNaga Peoples Front82
47Tehok45C.L JOHNNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyC KAWANG KONYAKNaga Peoples Front7070
48Tenning6Namri NchangNationalist Congress PartyTarie ZeliangNationalist Democratic Progressive Party254
49Thonoknyu57Benei M LamthiuNational People's PartyS Heno KhiamniunganNationalist Democratic Progressive Party2325
50Tizit41P. PAIWANG KONYAKBharatiya Janata PartyT. THOMAS KONYAKIndian National Congress4603
51Tobu55Naiba KonyakLok Janshakti Party(Ram Vilas)N. Bongkhao KonyakNationalist Democratic Progressive Party506
52Tseminyu12JWENGA SEBJanata Dal (United)LOGUSENG SEMPRepublican Party of India (Athawale)2563
53Tuensang Sadar-I53P. Bashangmongba ChangBharatiya Janata PartyToyang ChangNationalist Congress Party5644
54Tuensang Sadar-II54ImtichobaRepublican Party of India (Athawale)K. Odibendang ChangNationalist Democratic Progressive Party400
55Tuli21A. Pangjung JamirBharatiya Janata PartyAmenba YadenNationalist Congress Party3029
56Tyui37YANTHUNGO PATTONBharatiya Janata PartySENCHUMO LOTHAJanata Dal (United)8841
57Wakching42W CHINGANG KONYAKNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyM HONANG JESSNational People's Party2733
58Western Angami8Salhoutuonuo KruseNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyKeneizhakho NakhroIndependent7 (Least Margin)
59Wokha38Y MHONBEMO HUMTSOENationalist Congress PartyRENPONTHUNG EZUNGBharatiya Janata Party3061
60Zunheboto35K TOKUGHA SUKHALUNationalist Democratic Progressive PartyAKAVI SUMINaga Peoples Front12028


02 March 2023: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 results – most and least margin

  • Winner with the most margin: N. JACOB ZHIMOMI (BJP) with a margin of 20096 votes
    • N. JACOB ZHIMOMI (BJP) won against V. PHUSHIKA AOMI (Independent) with a margin of 20096 votes at Ghaspani-I Constituency.


  • Winner with the least margin: Salhoutuonuo Kruse (NDPP) with a margin of 7 votes
    • Salhoutuonuo Kruse (NDPP) won against Keneizhakho Nakhro (Independent) with a margin of just 7 votes at Western Angami Constituency.

07 March 2023: Neiphiu Rio is Nagaland CM for the fifth term

  • Neiphiu Rio was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the fifth term. The 72-year-old politician was administered the oath of secrecy by Governor La Ganesan in the presence of
  • Taditui Rangkau Zeliang and Yanthungo Patton took oath as Deputy Chief Ministers of Nagaland in Kohima, while other members of the Rio Cabinet also took oath.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J.P. Nadda and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma were among those present at the oath-taking ceremony in Kohima.
Neiphiu Rio takes oath as Nagaland CM for fifth term
Credit: @Neiphiu_Rio

09 March 2023: Portfolios of Nagaland Cabinet Ministers and Advisors post declaration of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election 2023 results

  • As per the portfolios distributed, NDPP took 7 Cabinet Ministers and 17 Advisor berths.
  • Whereas, BJP got 5 Cabinet Ministers and 7 Advisors.
Council of Ministers Nagaland - 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly
CABINET MINISTERS | Credit: @Neiphiu_Rio

Portfolios of Nagaland Cabinet Ministers 2023

  1. Shri. Neiphiu Rio
    Chief Minister, Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms , all important policy issues and any other Portfolios not allocated
  2. Shri. Yanthungo Patton  – Deputy Chief Minister, Home, Border Affairs
  3. Shri. T.R Zeliang – Deputy Chief Minister, Planning and Transformation, National Highway
  4. Shri. G. Kaito Aye – Roads & Bridges
  5. Shri. Jacob Zhimomi – Public Health Engineering , Cooperation
  6. Shri. K.G Kenye Power – Parliamentary Affairs
  7. Shri. P. Paiwang Konyak – Health & Family Welfare
  8. Shri. Metsubo Jamir – Rural Development , SIRD
  9. Shri. Temjen Imna Along – Tourism , Higher Education
  10. Shri. C.L John – Environment & Climate Change , Village Guards
  11. Smti. Salhoutuonuo Kruse – Women Resource Development , Horticulture
  12. Shri. P. Bashangmongba Chang – Housing & Mechanical Engineering

Portfolios of Nagaland Advisors 2023

  1. Shri. Noke Wangnao – Social Welfare
  2. Shri. Imkong L Imchen – Information & Public Relation , Soil & Water Conservation
  3. Shri. K Konngam Konyak – Treasuries & Accounts , Art & Culture
  4. Shri. Zhaleo Rio – Urban Development , Municipal Affairs
  5. Shri. H Tovihoto Ayemi – Tribal Affairs
  6. Shri. Tongpang Ozukum – Water Resources
  7. Shri. K Tokugha Sukhalu – Food & Civil Supply , Legal Metrology
  8. Shri. Kazheto – Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services
  9. Shri. Mhathung Yanthan – Agriculture
  10. Shri. S. Keoshu Yimchunger – Youth Resources & Sports
  11. Shri. Kropol Vitsu Prison – Printing & Stationery
  12. Shri. Moatoshi Longkumer – Labour , Employment & Skill Development , Excise
  13. Shri. T N Mannen – Law & Justice , Land Revenue
  14. Shri. A. Pangjung Jamir – Fishery & Aquatic Resources
  15. Dr. Kekhrielhoulie Yhome – School Education , SCERT
  16. Shri. Kudecho Khamo – Civil Administration Works Division , Taxes
  17. Shri. Z. Nyusietho Nyuthe – New & Renewal Energy , Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority
  18. Smti. Hekani Jakhalu Kense – Industries and Commerce
  19. Shri. Imkongmar – Minority Affairs , Sericulture
  20. Shri. Temjenmemba – Transport , Technical Education
  21. Shri. G Ikuto Zhimomi – Land Resources
  22. Shri. W Chingang Konyak – Geology & Mining , DUDA
  23. Shri. S. Kiusumew Yimchunger – Fire & Emergency Services , Home Guard & Civil Defence
  24. Shri. Sethrongkyu – Information Technology & Communication , Economics & Statistics , Evaluation

Salhoutuonuo Kruse (NDPP) is the first Naga woman cabinet minister in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

10 March 2023: Nagaland MLA Mhathung Yanthan took oath as Protem speaker of 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly

  • Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan appointed Mhathung Yanthan as the Protem speaker of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on 8th March 2023 as per provisions of Article 180(2) of the Constitution.
  • On 10th March 2023, Nagaland MLA Mhathung Yanthan took oath in the presence of Chief Secretary, DGP Nagaland, Home Commissioner and other officials at the office chamber of the Governor at Raj Bhavan Kohima,  as the Protem speaker. He will administer the oath to all the newly elected MLAs of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
  • Mhathung Yanthan would perform the duties of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly w.e.f. the time of vacation of the office of the Speaker of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly by Sharingain Longkumer and until a Speaker is elected .


15 March 2023: Nagaland’s oldest resident Pupirei Pfukha dies at 121

  • Nagaland’s oldest resident, Pupirei Pfukha, who was 121 years old, passed away at her residence in Kigwema village in Kohima district.

23 March 2023: Smti. Neihunuo Sorhie from Nagaland received Padma Shri Award 2023

Neihunuo Sorhie Padma Shri Award 2023 Nagaland

  • Smti. Neihunuo Sorhie received Padma Shri Award 2023 in the field of Art.
  • She is a sixty-year-old weaver from Kohima, two-time winner of the National Handloom Award. She is also a recipient of the Sant Kabir Award. She had represented Nagaland in various national and international handloom events. She mentored many women in learning the Naga craft and trained over 300 people, besides running a handicraft store in Kohima for at least two decades.
  • With that, the total Padma Shri Award winners from Nagalan is 18 (Padma Bhushan: 2 nos. , Padma Shri: 16 nos.).  See Complete List of Bharat Ratna and Padma Awards recipients from Nagaland

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