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Dr.Shurhozelie Liezietsu

Shri Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu

Chief Minister

          Shri Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu ( Born on November 20, 1936 in Kohima village) is the 11th and current chief minister of Nagaland following the resignation of T.R. Zeliang. He belongs to Angami tribe, one of the major tribes in Nagaland.

        After initial schooling in Mission Public School, Kohima, he completed his matriculation in 1956 from Kohima Government High School and did his graduation from the prestigious St. Edmund’s College, Shillong. He started his career as a clerk in the state secretariat, but later switched to teaching.

        Besides politics, Dr.Shurhozelie has also authored four novels and several collections of poetry, he has also written dictionaries and books related to Tenyidie language and biographies and essays. He was conferred a DLit (honorary) by the Nagaland University in 2003.

Political career

• Joined politics in 1969. He is one of the founding members of Nagaland’s first regional party, United Democratic Front (UDF) and later Naga National Democratic Party (NNDP).

• Dr.Shurhozelie Liezietsu was also crucial in the formation of Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) in 2002. He has been a member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly(NLA) eight times.

• He was elected from Northern Angami-1 seat during the 2003 assembly polls, a seat he retained in 2008. But in 2013, he decided against contesting and the seat was won by the eldest of his four sons Khriehu, who was a parliamentary secretary in the TR Zeliang-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) coalition government of which BJP is a part.

Chief Minister of Nagaland

         Shri Dr.Shurhozelie,who is the Nagaland People's Front (NPF) president and chairman of the DAN, succeeded T.R. Zeliang in February, 2017.

Chief Ministers of Nagaland

S.NoNameTook OfficeLeft OfficeParty
1. P.Shilu Ao 1 December 1963 14 August 1966 Naga Nationalist Organisation
2. T.N. Angami 14 August 1966 22 February 1969 Naga Nationalist Organisation
3. Hokishe Sema 22 February 1969 26 February 1974 Naga Nationalist Organisation
4. Vizol Angami 26 February 1974 10 March 1975 United Democratic Front
5. John Bosco Jasokie 10 March 1975 20 March 1975 Naga National Democratic Party
  President's rule 20 March 1975 25 November 1977  
6. Vizol Angami[2] 25 November 1977 18 April 1980 United Democratic Front
7. S.C. Jamir 18 April 1980 26 February 1974 United Democratic Front-Progressive
8. John Bosco Jasokie[2] 5 June 1980 18 November 1982 Naga National Democratic Party
9. S.C. Jamir[2] 18 November 1982 28 October 1986 United Democratic Front-Progressive
10. Hokishe Sema[2] 29 October 1986 7 August 1988 Indian National Congress
  President's rule 7 August 1988 25 January 1989  
11. S.C. Jamir[3] 25 January 1989 10 May 1990 Indian National Congress
12. K.L. Chishi 16 May 1990 19 June 1990 Indian National Congress
13. Vamuzo Phesao 19 June 1990 2 April 1992 Nagaland People's Council
  President's rule 2 April 1992 22 February 1993  
14. S.C. Jamir[4] 22 February 1993 6 March 2003 Indian National Congress
15. Neiphiu Rio 6 March 2003 3 January 2008 Nagaland People's Front
  President's rule 3 January 2008 12 March 2008  
16. Neiphiu Rio [2] 12 March 2008 23 May 2014 Nagaland People's Front
17.T.R. Zeliang24 May 201419 February 2017Nagaland People's Front
18.Dr.Shurhozelie Liezietsu22 February 2017Present Nagaland People's Front
Updated date: 2017-02-22