NPF to prove its majority in 48 hrs in Nagaland assembly

Posted March 06, 2018

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav, accompanied by NDPP's Chief Ministerial face Neiphiu Rio, met the Governor at Raj Bhavan here as the alliance has inched ahead in terms of managing numbers as one JD (U) MLA and an Independent legislator have pledged support to them. NDPP secretary general Abu Metha said the coalition is proposed to be named the Peoples Democratic Alliance.

In that meeting, also attended by Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda, Y. Patton was unanimously elected as the BJP Legislature Party leader.

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 made a decision to reaffirm the alliance with the BJP and we want to continue the alliance".

Kikon said the incumbent Chief Minister Zeliang is in close touch with the BJP high command and "we still hope good sense will prevail on the BJP leaders".

The legislators were scheduled to meet in Dimapur again late Monday evening to select the legislative party leader.

He said the NPF has won 27 seats and combined with the 12 seats won by the BJP, "We will be able to provide a stable and strong government to the people of the state".

The BJP was part of the NPF-led government in Nagaland till the Assembly elections but parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP.

The Governor further informed that he has given 48 hours time to both TR Zeliang and Neiphiu Rio to bring the letter of support within 48 hours.

On TR Zeliang, Sarma felt that Zeliang should resign respecting democratic norms because NDPP and BJP as a people's alliance has the majority along with alliance partners JD (U) and NPP. From a call to boycott the polls before a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue to the church issuing a diktat not to "pierce the heart of Jesus" by voting the BJP to power, the state saw it all. He also assured that there is no threat to Manipur government "because we have huge a huge majority". If Zeliang desires, he can meet them after formation of the government, Mr Sarma added.

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.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) are set to form the next government in Nagaland on March 8, with home minister Rajnath Singh expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Jamir had been Chief Minister of the State for more than 15 years.