Nagaland Governor asks BJP-ally NDPP to form government
Nagaland Governor asks BJP-ally NDPP to form government
BJP may ally with NPF to form govt in Nagaland: Rijiju
09 March, 2018, 02:11
Union Minister JP Nadda said 12 BJP MLAs had submitted a letter to Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya backing Rio's candidature.
The Naga Peoples Front (NPF), which was a BJP ally but parted ways before the assembly elections, bagged 27 seats.
Acharya also asked Rio to prove his majority on the floor of the house on or before March 16 next.
Rio said the National People's Party's Nagaland president Ato Yepthomi expressed willingness to extend support to the NDPP-BJP alliance in the formation of the government.
With the NPP being known as a close ally of the BJP both at the centre and the Northeast, the inability of the NPP MLAs to find place in the NDPP-BJP coalition government in Nagaland raises many questions. He also advised incumbent chief minister T.R. Zeliang to "resign gracefully respecting democratic norms".
On Saturday, the ruling NPF and its allies won 30 seats; and the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA), comprising the BJP and the NDPP, had secured 29 seats.
In Nagaland, the BJP was in alliance with the NPF for 15 years before tying up with the NDPP, a new party, ahead of this year's election.
"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. 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". Besides the eight seats of the NPF and NPP, and one from Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), the BJP with 21 seats crossed the simple majority mark of 31.
However, Mr. Zeliang has been requested by the Governor to continue in office till an alternative arrangement is made.Lucy, Reporting From AIR, Kohima. "Now, we can't go back to NPF".
A neck and neck fight was on in Nagaland between NPF and BJP-NDPP alliance.
With four seats each, these parties helped BJP form a coalition government in Manipur previous year.
The BJP wrested Tripura, the Left bastion, and received an invitation to be part of the government in Nagaland, while Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly.
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