NDPP-BJP alliance has inched ahead in forming the next government in Nagaland after JD(U) and an Independent legislator have pledged support to them.
This has also brightened the prospect of three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to return at the helm of affairs in the militancy-hit state. Mr Rio has been the state Chief Minister from 2003 to May 2014 when he had shifted to the central politics as Lok Sabha member.
Mr Rio is also in touch with key BJP leaders like Ram Madhav. BJP’s ally in the national level and Bihar, JD-U, dumped its pre-poll ally NPF and decided to “support the BJP”
in the formation of a stable government in Nagaland.
‘This decision is taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict of the just declared results of the conducted general election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly and also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance in Delhi,’ stated a press release from the president of the Nagaland JD (U) Senchumo Lotha.
Mr G Kaito Aye, JD(U) candidate from Satakha assembly segment, defeated Zheito Chophy of NPF by a margin of 2,543 votes. The lone successful Independent candidate, Tongpang Ozukum from Angetyongpang constituency in Mokokchung district, also pledged support to the NDPP-BJP alliance and to the leadership of Mr Rio.
The NPF has emerged single largest party winning 27 seats. “As a new party, we did put up a spirited fight and I am confident that we will form the next government along
with BJP and other like-minded parties and legislators,” NDPP chief Chingwang Konyak told UNI.