Complete list of current chief ministers of states in Northeast India: Biswa Sarma, Neiphiu Rio, and more
Northeast consist of eight states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim
Dimapur, Aug. 20 (EMN): The Northeast India is situated in the easternmost part of the country, consisting eight states namely Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
Connected to the rest of the country by the Siliguri Corridor, also known as the Chicken’s Neck, which measures just 20–22 kilometres at the narrowest section, the region is rich in biodiversity and natural resources. It has a total forest cover of 1,69,521 square km, accounting for 23.75 per cent of the total forest cover of the country.
Considered as the gateway to South-East Asia and beyond, the region is also of great strategic significance to India as it shares borders with as many as five countries. It was once known for violence because of insurgency but such activities have declined drastically over the years and peace has paved the way for tourism industry to grow.
The political stability seen in the region over the last few decades has also created a favourable business climate, which is expected to attract more investors to invest. To give you more insight into the political scenario and governments in the region, we are providing a complete list of current chief minister in the eight states.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Pema Khandu is the current Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Born on August 21 in 1979 to Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter accident on April 30, 2011 while serving as the chief minister of the state, Pema contested the bye-election from his father’s constituency on a Congress ticket two months later and won uncontested.
He was re-elected to the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly unopposed from Mukto in the 2014 and took the oath as the chief minister of the state in 2016 at the age of 37.
He was sworn in as the chief minister of the state again in 2019 after taking the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory.
Chief Minister of Assam
Himanta Biswa Sarma, 53, is the incumbent Chief Minister of Assam.
Elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly five times from Jalukbari, Sarma became the chief minister of Assam on May 10, 2021 after the BJP won the state assembly elections.
He is also the convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a regional sub-group of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Chief Minister of Manipur
Nongthombam Biren Singh is the current Chief Minister of Manipur.
The 61-year-old is serving as the chief minister of the state for the second term, since 2017.
He ensured the BJP retain power in the state by winning the assembly election with a complete majority.
Chief Minister of Meghalaya
Conrad K Sangma, 44, is the incumbent Chief Minister Meghalaya.
He is the son of P.A Sangma, founder of National People’s Party, former chief minister of Meghalaya and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
He was sworn in as the chief minister of the state on March 6 in 2018 after his party NPP finished second in the assembly elections.
Chief Minister of Mizoram
Zoramthanga, 78, is the current Chief Minister of Mizoram. This is his third term as the chief minister of the state.
After a hiatus of 10 years, he led his party Mizo National Front (MNF) to victory again in the 2018 state assembly elections, and has been the CM of the state since.
Chief Minister of Nagaland
Neiphiu Rio, 71, is the current Chief Minister of Nagaland. This is his fourth term as the chief minister of the state.
After serving as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, he returned to state politics for the assembly elections in 2018. His party Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) formed the government in the state with the BJP, and the Naga People’s Front later joined the alliance to form an all-party government.
Chief Minister of Sikkim
Prem Singh Tamang, also known as P. S. Golay, is the current Chief Minister of Sikkim.
The 54-year-old founder of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) did not contest in the 2019 state assembly polls but his party won the elections. He was sworn in the chief minister of the state, before winning the by-election from Poklok-Kamrang constituency.
Chief Minister of Tripura
Manik Saha, 69, is the incumbent Chief Minister of Tripura.
The BJP leader took oath as the CM of the state on May 15, 2022 after Biplab Kumar Deb stepped down from the post.