NDPP alliance to form government in Nagaland, announces BJP

"BJP submitted letter of support from 12 MLAs to Governor supporting NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio as chief ministerial candidate of Nagaland", Union Minister JP Nadda said.

TR Zeliang has refused to quit as CM and his NPF said "the NPF has emerged as the largest party and had submitted to the governor letters of support of pre-poll alliance partners the NPP and the JDU".

The Governor has also requested Mr. Rio to prove his majority on the floor of the House on or before 16th of this month.

He told reporters that his party, the Naga People's Front (NPF), would play the role of a constructive opposition in the Assembly for the welfare of the state. While BJP contested 20 seats, the rest of the 40 candidates were fielded by NDPP.

Zeliang says he had communicated this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on March 3, the day Nagaland election results were declared.

Due to the imposition of President's rule in the state in 2008, Rio was dismissed as the chief minister. But its tally of 27 seats fell well short of the magic number: 31. With NPP's support, the alliance now has 34 seats (NDPP-18, BJP-12, JD (U)-1, Independent-1, NPP-2) in the 60-member assembly.

The BJP, which was in alliance with Zeliang's NPF over the past 15 years, broke away after failing to reach a pre-poll agreement before the elections. On Saturday, Zeliang had said he was ready to form the government with the BJP.

With the NPP being known as a close ally of the BJP both at the centre and the Northeast, the inability of the NPP MLAs to find place in the NDPP-BJP coalition government in Nagaland raises many questions.

The NPF had also claimed that it was in discussions with the BJP.

"The BJP has been working with the agenda of development and will continue to do so in Nagaland too", he said. However, NPF is still seeking the support of BJP in a quid pro quo manner.

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

On the decades-long Naga political issue, the governor said that there will be a solution within six months after government formation.

  • Rogelio Becker