BJP backing Neiphiu Rio to become next Nagaland chief minister

Katrina Barker
March 9, 2018

"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. Sources in NDPP-BJP alliance said that swearing in of new government may be held on Thursday.

Nagaland governor P B Acharya met the NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio asking him to form the government as he has a clear majority.

Voting for the 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly was held on February 27 as NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio was elected uncontested from Northern Angami II seat.

"Being a national party, if the BJP does not consider the possibility of providing a stable and strong government by continuing the alliance with the NPF, it is up to them", the NPF spokesperson said.

12 ministers from NDPP, BJP and JD (U) would likely to induct in the Rio-led new government.

Sarma in a statement said, "We will go with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)".

Mr. Sarma said the BJP leaders would meet the Governor on Tuesday with a letter in favour of the formation of an NDPP-BJP government under Mr. Rio's leadership.

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.

"After coming to know of the decision of BJP severing ties with NPF, I am submitting the resignation of the council of ministers headed by me today with a request to accept the same with immediate effect", TR Zeliang said in his resignation letter.

"But later NDPP candidate Namri Nchang was declared victor after recounting of votes without the presence of NPF polling agents and the candidate".

The development comes after BJP formally announced that it no longer wishes to continue the 15-year-old alliance with the Naga People's Front (NPF) in the state.

The NPF, which was in government with the BJP for 15 years, has only 26 seats that can not reach up to the majority level, however, seeks an alliance with BJP.

Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has already been declared the victor uncontested in the Northern Angami II constituency.

Stating that the party is very new in Nagaland, the NPP leader said "We are at least that we managed to win 2 seats in the state considering the fact that NPP is still very new here".

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