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Nagaland: BJP Submits latter to governor supporting Neiphiu Rio as next CM

09 March 2018, 02:09 | Damon Campbell

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Acharya had told reporters that Rio and Zeliang have claimed to have majority support, but "I have not invited anyone to form the government as of now".

In the final result of the Nagaland assembly poll, BJP has won 12 seats, while NDPP won 18, 26 by NPF, 2 by NPP and one each by JD (U) and Independent. While BJP contested 20 seats, the rest of the 40 candidates were fielded by NDPP.

As T.R. Zeliang stepped down as chief minister, Nagaland stepped into new political territory - after a long time, the state will see a strong opposition in the 60-member assembly, perhaps the biggest so far.

Chief Minister T R Zeliang of the NPF is leading from Peren constituency. In June 2014, all the three MLAs of the Nationalist Congress Party defected to the BJP, taking its number to four.

The NPF won 27 seats, 11 less than its 2013 tally.

In a letter addressed to Neiphiu Rio, Governor stated that he has received letters of support in favour of Rio from legislators of BJP, JD (U) and an Independent MLA besides NDPP legislatures. When asked why was there no alliance between the two parties pre-polls, Wangkhem said that "We are not a bigger party but BJP is a bigger party". He said there was no question of the BJP going back to the NPF. If Zeliang desires, he can meet them after formation of the government, Mr Sarma added.

"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.

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However, the BJP refused to junk the pact with the NDPP.

It was, however, true that BJP was part of DAN Government in Nagaland since 2003.

Just before the elections, the BJP broke ties with the National People's Party (NPF), with whom it has shared power all these years. However, NPF is still seeking the support of BJP in a quid pro quo manner.

Zeliang had met the Nagaland governor at Raj Bhawan in Kohima and submitted his resignation letter along with all council of ministers.

However for the NPP, the governor informed that he will consider it as official only when the party submits its letter signed by the national president Conrad Sangma. When asked how this might be, given that the state government had never been formally involved in the dialogue between the Centre and NSCN (I-M), he said, "The state government can play facilitators, who resolve the differences between the Naga groups and among the different tribes as well that the government of India has been taking advantage of".

The BJP state unit is presently meeting in Kohima.

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