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

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Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader and former Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and other allies on Sunday met Governor PB Acharya to stake claim to form the government.

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has gained a seat in Nagaland after the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday reversed the result of the Tenning Assembly constituency.

Both NPF and its pre-poll ally, the National People's Party (NPP) - part of the BJP's regional alignment, the North-East Democratic Alliance - have also written to BJP president Amit Shah seeking the support of his party to form the next government. On Saturday, Zeliang had said he was ready to form the government with the BJP.

Rio's cabinet is expected to feature the participation of BJP MLAs in equal proportion.

In opposition is Zeliang's Naga People's Front, which emerged as the single-largest party in these elections with 27 seats.

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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.

After the results, lone Independent elected candidate Tongpang Ozukum and lone JD (U) elected candidate G Kaito Aye had supported to the BJP-NDPP alliance. The outcome, people of the state feel, would be a "defining moment" for both the NPF and the NDPP-BJP combine. During his meeting with the governor, Zeliang had claimed that the NPF's 15-year alliance with the BJP was still on.

When asked whether they have received any feelers from the BJP to join the NDPP led coalition government in Nagaland, Wangkhem said "We have received feelers and our leadership is still taking call on that but at this moment, we are sticking with NPF". The NPP will have alliance only with the NPF for formation of government.

"Today I can officially say that we are no longer, we have no track with NPF".

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support and positive participation in the election campaign, the NDPP legislature party also expressed its appreciation to BJP for extending all possible cooperation to the party and for ensuring a successful and smooth campaign in conjunction with its alliance partner.

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