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Salhoutuonuo Kruse contested her first election in the 2023 Nagaland Legislative Assembly election. Her late husband also ran from the same constituency and party in the 2018 Nagaland Legislative Assembly election but was defeated by Keneizhakho Nakhro.
Salhoutuonuo Kruse, the first woman to be elected to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly in the recent polls, has made history again by taking the oath as the state’s first woman minister.
Kruse, 56, took oath as a cabinet minister on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) candidate from the Western Angami seat defeated Keneizhakho Nakhro, an independent candidate, by a wafer-thin margin of seven votes.