Nagaland: PDA to form government soon, NPF still seeks BJP support

09 March, 2018, 02:10 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Live: Nagaland Assembly election results

The NDPP won 18 seats in the Nagaland Assembly elections, while the Naga People's Front bagged 26 seats.

Neiphiu Rio could well become the chief minister of Nagaland for a fourth time as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written a letter to the governor on Tuesday stating that 12 of its MLAs would support the 67-year-old and form a coalition government with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

On the other hand, JD (U) also promised the support of its lone MLA to the alliance, despite a previous alliance with NPF.

BJP leader Biplab Deb Kumar is all set to be the next chief minister of Tripura.

The BJP leaders informed the governor that Y Patton had been elected the BJP Legislature Party leader in the Assembly.

In a statement on Monday, the NPF had claimed that since governor has given 48 hours to prove the support of majority, there was no question of Zeliang resigning.

Along with this, one Independent candidate also added to the number that sums up to 32 MLAs and the number is apt to form a government in the 60 assembly seat state.

"The BJP has been working with the agenda of development and will continue to do so in Nagaland too", he said. Asked whether the BJP's decision to sever ties with the NPF would impact their relationship in Manipur, where four NPF legislators are part of the BJP government, Kikon said, "The NPF will have to revisit the decision".

"Rio is a seasoned politician and having good relationships with many leaders in the North East and he will be able to provide a stable Government in Nagaland", Sarma said.

A neck and neck fight was on in Nagaland between NPF and BJP-NDPP alliance. Supporting NPF, Manipur NPP president Thangminlien Kipgen and Manipur NPF president Awangbow Newmai reached out to BJP chief Amit Shah.

On March 4, speaking to local reporters in Kohima, Zeliang said he would travel to New Delhi to "personally meet" the BJP president to advise the state party unit to go with NPF. "First is the Naga political issue, we should bring solution as early as possible because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned and an agreement will be signed on Aug 10".



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