T. R. Zeliang

T. R. Zeliang

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T. R. Zeliang Profile

  • Name:
  • T. R. Zeliang
  • Born:
  • February 21, 1952
  • Father:
  • Rangleu Zeliang
  • Spouse:
  • Kevizenuo Rangkau

T. R. Zeliang Biography

T. R. Zeliang is an Indian politician from Nagaland belonging to Nagaland People's Front. He currently serves as Chief Minister of Nagaland since 24 May 2014, preceded by Neiphiu Rio of same party. He was assigned as the position of CM, following Neiphiu Rio’s win in parliament elections 2014. Zeliang has been a member of Rajya Sabha during the period 2004 to 2008. Associated with state politics, Minister of State for Information and Tourism (1989-1990), Minister of State for Relief & Rehabilitation (1994-1998) and Minister for Environment and Forests and Geology and Mining were the major positions held by him.


He was born on 21 February 1952 at Mbaupungwa Village of Peren district, Nagaland. He matriculated from the Don Bosco High School in Dibrugarh, and completed graduation from the Arts College, Kohima. During college days, he was quite active with students’ politics. He was elected as president of Zeliangrong Students Union and has served as the general secretary of its youth wing as well as action committee. Very soon he rose to prominence as a young leader and was elected as the president of the Peren District Youth Congress of the Indian National Congress.


He contested Nagaland state Assembly elections for the first time in 1982 representing Indian National Congress. But he wouldn’t win a seat. He stood for state elections second time five years later in 1987, to meet with the same fate. However he tasted success for the first time in 1982 and served as a cabinet minister and since then he has consecutively won 3 assembly elections in a row - 1993, 1998 and 2003, as a Congress candidate. He also served as a cabinet minister several times during this period. He later won 2008 and 2013 state assembly elections from Peren.

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Updated: January 21, 2016

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