BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

The BJP will form the next government in Nagaland with the help of other parties, Union minister and BJP in-charge for the state Kiren Rijiju said today, indicating that the party's erstwhile ally NPF may align with it.

However, BJP quashing all the demands of the party announced that they will not be going to support NPF in the state as they are already in a coalition and this party has 32 legislators those will form a government soon in the state.

The newly-mandated alliance government, comprising 34 elected members of the NDPP, BJP, National People's Party (NPP), JD (U) and an Independent, however, has chose to take oath before the public. The NPF remains a member of the NDA as well as the BJP-led North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and a coalition partner of the BJP in Manipur too. In a letter they said the BJP, the NPP and the NPF had formed the government in Manipur a year ago and they must continue with this model in Nagaland.

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.

The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland since the state's inception in 1963, is nowhere in the reckoning.

Advising Mr Zeliang to "resign gracefully respecting democratic norms", Mr Sarma said it wouldn't be proper for the NPF leader to meet central BJP leaders now as that "will send wrong signals to the people".

Out of the 20, BJP, for the first time in the state, won 12 seats, making it a strong contender to be a part of the government, unlike in 2013 when it bagged just one seat.

The NPF tried to swing the BJP in its favour, with Zeliang even reportedly threatening to withdraw from the alliance government in Manipur.

The new ministry will be formed under the banner of the People Democratic Alliance (PDA).

"We are confident of forming the government".

Top sources from state BJP, however, reiterated to The Wire that the party would not step back from its earlier decision and "would back NDPP". 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.