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09 March 2018, 02:09 | Kara Nash
Union Minister JP Nadda
The NPF on Monday said it had submitted pre-poll alliance letters with National People's Party (NPP) and JD (U) as its allies to the governor.
BJP, which has been the junior partner in the NPF-run state government since 2003, has not formally walked out of the alliance even though it entered into a seat sharing arrangement with NDPP for the February 27 assembly elections.
When asked NPF leader TR Zeliang was still not resigning as Chief Minister of Nagaland saying BJP was still with NPF, Sarma said BJP had already severed ties with NPF. In a letter they said the BJP, the NPP and the NPF had formed the government in Manipur a year ago and they must continue with this model in Nagaland.
NDPP won 18 seats and BJP won 12 seats in the just concluded 2018 General Elections in Nagaland and this reaches 30 in the House of 60.
"We have decided not to have any truck with the NPF any more and have advised Mr. Zeliang to resign because Mr. Rio is a widely accepted leader".
Neiphiu Rio could well become the chief minister of Nagaland for a fourth time as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written a letter to the governor on Tuesday stating that 12 of its MLAs would support the 67-year-old and form a coalition government with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party leader Neiphiu Rio and senior BJP leader Hemanta Biswa Sarma today met and discussed the formation of new government. "We now have a comfortable majority and staked claim to form the government", he said.
"We went to the people with a pre-poll alliance with NDPP", he said.
With four seats each, these parties helped BJP form a coalition government in Manipur previous year.
"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.
"But later NDPP candidate Namri Nchang was declared victor after recounting of votes without the presence of NPF polling agents and the candidate".
In the meeting attended by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, Y. Patton was unanimously elected the BJP Legislature Party leader.
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