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Nagaland: BJP withdraws support to NPF, will form government with NDPP

Nagaland: BJP withdraws support to NPF, will form government with NDPP

Guwahati: P B Acharya, governor of Nagaland gave 48 hours to the ruling Naga front to prove its majority in the 60 member assembly.

Three-time Chief Minister Mr Neiphio Rio is likely to return at the helm of affairs in the militancy-hit state after his brief stint as Lok Sabha lawmaker. He didn't reveal any information on the share of cabinet berths the alliance partners will have.

The BJP state unit is presently meeting in Kohima. On being asked, Sarma finally broke silence on BJP's ties with the NPF.

Seems like, the alliance between NDPP and BJP look set to form the next government in Nagaland, which is the home to India's oldest insurgency.

File image of Neiphiu Rio.

"The decision to honour our pre-poll alliance with the NDPP, will in no way affect the BJP's alliance with the NPF in Manipur". 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.

Last year, there was an intense power struggle within the NPF-first between supporters of the incumbent chief minister T.R. Zeliang and Rio and then between Liezietsu and Zeliang.

Rajat Sethi, a northeast observer and adviser to the Biren Singh government in Manipur, says that despite allegations about BJP's "communal agenda", strategies crafted by party chief Amit Shah and BJP leader Ram Madhav have managed to push the NPF to the corner. If Zeliang desires, he can meet them after formation of the government, Mr Sarma added.

Rio said the new coalition would possibly be named the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) and a final decision would be taken after BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma's arrival in Kohima on Monday.

After meeting Zeliang, Acharya told reporters that Rio and Zeliang have claimed to have majority support, but "I have not invited anyone to form the government as of now".

Stating that the resolution of the Naga political issue was the top priority of the NPF, party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon told PTI, "In the interest of the peace process, the NPF had chose to reaffirm the alliance with the BJP and we want to continue the alliance".

In a release Friday, NPF announced that in the interest of the political solution to the Naga problem it continues to be an alliance partner of the BJP. Since August 2015, talks have been on between the Narendra Modi government and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) besides six powerful Naga political groups to turn the confidential framework agreement into an Accord.

"It is also very good to have a very strong opposition in a healthy democracy".


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