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Paul takes oath as governor

Kohima, July 2: Krishan Kant Paul was sworn as the governor of Nagaland today.

Guwahati High Court judge, Justice T. Vaiphei, administered the oath of office to Paul. On assumption of office as the governor of Nagaland, Paul, who is also the governor of Meghalaya, pledged to uphold the highest traditions of the exalted position.

The new governor said he would discharge the responsibilities of upholding the Constitution with fairness and justice.

“Science, technology and innovation must propel us towards building a knowledgeable society,” he said. The governor asserted that peace was essential for growth and prosperity.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, chief minister T.R. Zeliang and his council of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, top state officials, army officials, NGOs and former parliamentarians.

The Meghalaya governor was given additional charge of Nagaland after the resignation of Ashwani Kumar, a former CBI chief.

Zeliang ‘hopeful’

The Nagaland government, which is currently facing a financial crisis, is hopeful that the BJP-led NDA would bail out the state.

Speaking to the reporters this evening, chief minister T.R. Zeliang said his government was still hopeful that the Centre would bail out the state from the heavy financial burden. He, however, stressed the need on austerity measures to enhance the state revenue.

He said efforts would be made to augment state’s revenue so as to ease the financial burden.

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