BJP backing Neiphiu Rio to become next Nagaland chief minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi| File PTI

While the National People's Party (NPP) is gaining spotlight in the regional and national media for its ability to dethrone the Congress and form the government in Meghalaya besides being a coalition partner of the BJP at the centre and Manipur, the party, however, is taking a back seat in as far as Nagaland is concerned. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the pre-poll allies have got the party a "near simple majority" in the 60-member assembly.

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.

Acharya informed that if Zeliang will submit his resignation today he will invite chief ministerial candidate of BJP-NDPP Neiphiu Rio to form the new ministry and the swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Kohima Local Ground, which will be attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah. Will the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance be voted to power?

12 ministers from NDPP, BJP and JD (U) would likely to induct in the Rio-led new government.

"We will go with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)", Sarma said.

NPF emerged as the single largest party in the elections, winning 26 seats.

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The development comes after BJP formally announced that it no longer wishes to continue the 15-year-old alliance with the Naga People's Front (NPF) in the state.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met Rio on Monday in Kohima, and later told reporters that the BJP had made a decision to support him for the chief minister's post, The Indian Express reported.

Mr. Sarma said the BJP leaders would meet the Governor on Tuesday with a letter in favour of the formation of an NDPP-BJP government under Mr. Rio's leadership.

The NPF had also claimed that it was in discussions with the BJP.

The party has also tried to queer the pitch by asking the party to support NPF in a quid pro quo manner as the party also supported BJP in Manipur past year to form a government against the Congress.

Kikon expressed resentment over the recounting of votes in Tening seat after NPF candidate Namduadi Rankau Zeliang was declared elected by 32 votes and the returning officer had handed over the winning certificate to him.

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