Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang Resigns, Neiphiu Rio's Swearing-in on Thursday

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang Resigns, Neiphiu Rio's Swearing-in on Thursday

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang Resigns, Neiphiu Rio's Swearing-in on Thursday

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), in alliance with the BJP, has taken over the reins of the north-eastern state, following the recently-concluded Assembly election, with the support of 32 MLAs.

Nagaland governor with BJP and NDPP leaders at Raj Bhavan in Kohima.

The NDPP on Sunday exuded confidence that they would be able to form a stable government in the state as the numbers were on their side. Two seats went to the National People's Party (NPP), and one each to the Janata Dal (United) or JD (U) and independent.

Rio is a three-time chief minister of the state. BJP has already formed a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP, the ally party is going to form a government soon.

Speaking to the media in Kohima Tuesday, Zeliang said his party would extend full support to the new government in matters concerning the largest interest of the Nagas, but also play a constructive role as opposition.

When asked whether they have received any feelers from the BJP to join the NDPP led coalition government in Nagaland, Wangkhem said "We have received feelers and our leadership is still taking call on that but at this moment, we are sticking with NPF". Himanta Biswa Sarma, however, 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".

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"Today I can officially say that we are no longer, we have no track with NPF. It is good for the Northeast, good for India", he said.

With four seats each, these parties helped BJP form a coalition government in Manipur a year ago.

So also from the 12 elected BJP MLAs by the BJP president within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) of Zeliang, which had upto 50 legislators in its camp in 2015, was restricted to 26 seats - four short of majority. Supporting NPF, Manipur NPP president Thangminlien Kipgen and Manipur NPF president Awangbow Newmai reached out to BJP chief Amit Shah.

Just before the elections, the BJP broke ties with the National People's Party (NPF), with whom it has shared power all these years.

However, Mr. Zeliang has been requested by the Governor to continue in office till an alternative arrangement is made.Lucy, Reporting From AIR, Kohima. 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.

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