NDPP-BJP all set to form govt in Nagaland; BJP-NPF ties ‘officially over’

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)-BJP alliance is all set to form the new government in Nagaland.

One JD(U) legislator and an independent have pledged support to the alliance. The alliance garnered the support of the two MLAs to take their tally to 32 in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly.

The BJP won 12 seats, while the NDPP secured 18 seats in the just concluded elections.

Reports said that central BJP observers JP Nadda, Arun Singh and BJP legislature party leader Y Patton, along with all the 12 newly elected BJP legislators, will meet Nagaland governor PB Acharya on Tuesday with a support letter from NDPP to stake claim to form the next government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio.

The new ministry will be formed under the banner of the People Democratic Alliance (PDA).

The Nagaland unit of the BJP held a meeting in Dimapur on Monday with its 12 newly elected legislators in presence of central BJP leaders.

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. BJP leader and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday announced that the BJP cannot go back to Naga People’s Front (NPF).

“Today I can officially say that we are no longer, we have no track with NPF. There is no question of going back to NPF in forming the government,” he said while talking to media persons after meeting former MP and chief ministerial candidate Neiphiu Rio.

The announcement comes as a major setback for the NPF led by it chief ministerial candidate TR Zeliang who have been harboring hopes that the BJP might ditch NDPP to form the new ministry. Even though NPF emerged the single largest party, it was shy of the magic number to form the government by itself.

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