Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Nagaland: BJP withdraws support to NPF, will form government with NDPP

Kiren Rijiju Minister of State for Home and BJP in-charge for Nagaland Kiren Rijiju at a rally in eastern Nagaland | Kiren Rijiju's Twitter profile
Andrew Cummings | 06 March, 2018, 01:45

Yesterday, both Rio and Zeliang had met Governor P B Acharya and claimed to have the support of majority of MLAs.

He said that three parties fought the election in an alliance.

An order signed on Sunday by EC Secretary Arvind Kumar said a tabulation error made by the Returning Officer on Saturday led to the declaration of N.R. Zeliang of the Naga People's Front (NPF) as the victor of the Tenning constituency instead of Namri Nchang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

They were accompanied by Chingwang Konyak, President NDPP; Visasolie Lhongou, President BJP Nagaland State Unit; V. Abu Metha, Secretary General NDPP; and Rusemtong Longkumer, General Secretary, NDPP. "We would together stake a claim to form the government".

Kikon said the incumbent Chief Minister Zeliang is in close touch with the BJP high command and "we still hope good sense will prevail on the BJP leaders".

Curtains fell on the drama over the formation of government with Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma reaching Kohima to iron out the fine details of the coalition, christened People's Democratic Alliance. Acharya said the grouping should form the government. With the state witnessing a hung Assembly, the BJP has emerged as the kingmaker being wooed by both the main regional parties.

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The figures at 6.30 pm indicated that the NPF had won 27 seats and its allies - Conrad Sangma's National People's Party and Janata Dal (United) had won one each.

It is reported that the BJP-NDPP alliance, which has won 29 out of the 59 Assembly constituencies where polls were held recently, is likely to stake claim to form the next Govt.in the State.

The BJP was part of the NPF-led government in Nagaland till the Assembly elections but parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP. "When Shurhouzelie severed ties with BJP in Nagaland it did not affect NPF in Manipur because in the NPF constitution Manipur NPF is registered as a different party", the BJP leader informed while asserting that the BJP would continue ties with Manipur NPF.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) are set to form the next government in Nagaland on March 8, with home minister Rajnath Singh expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Since August 2015, talks have been on between the Narendra Modi government and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) besides six powerful Naga political groups to turn the confidential framework agreement into an Accord. Mr. Jamir had been Chief Minister of the State for more than 15 years.

With the alliance in place, NDPP has been admitted to the National Democratic Alliance and also the North East Democratic Alliance, Sarma informed.

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