BJP submits letter to Nagaland Gov. backing Neiphiu Rio as CM


BJP alliance is all set to form the new government in Nagaland. The BJP and NDPP together have 30 lawmakers.

Kohima: Ending the wait for the new chief minister, senior NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio was Tuesday appointed the new chief minister of Nagaland by Governor P B Acharya.

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.

His Naga People's Front has emerged as the largest single party in the state election.

The BJP and the NDPP had contested in 20 and 40 seats, respectively.

Rio served as chief minister of Nagaland as NPF candidate for three consecutive terms between 2003-14.

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Even with just one seat - in 2008 it had seven - NPF made it a part of its government. The BJP too managed to strengthen its profile by absorbing a number of independents and Congress leaders.

The NDPP and the BJP have won 18 and 12 seats respectively while the lone JD (U) MLA G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were backing the alliance, NDPP secretary general Abu Metha said.

"We can not go back to the NPF as we had gone to the people in the Assembly election with the pre-poll alliance with the NDPP", Himanta added. He said there was no question of the BJP going back to the NPF. "Such a coalition government is likely to be more stable", they added. "It is good for the Northeast, good for India", he said.

The NPF had also claimed that it was in discussions with the BJP. He cited two BJP ministers' continuance in his government.

The NPF, which was in government with the BJP for 15 years, has only 26 seats that can not reach up to the majority level, however, seeks an alliance with BJP. "We, therefore, will continue to claim that the NPF has won 27 seats", Kikon said. However, NPF is still seeking the support of BJP in a quid pro quo manner. BJP has already formed a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP, the ally party is going to form a government soon. "First is the Naga political issue, we should bring solution as early as possible because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned and an agreement will be signed on Aug 10".