NPF to prove its majority in 48 hrs in Nagaland assembly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi| File PTI

"BJP can not go back to NPF because we can not betray the mandate of the people", Sarma asserted while substantiating that BJP and NDPP had contested elections jointly and the Prime Minister addressed a BJP-NDPP rally.

Kohima: In Nagaland, both the incumbent chief minister TR Zeliang and the aspirant Neiphiu Rio have staked claim to form the government in alliance with the BJP. Central observer and Union minister JP Nadda, BJP's in-charge for the state, is likely to attend the meeting, according to party leaders.

Mr Rio, who refused to reveal details of the agreement sealed with the BJP on the representation of parties in the government, said the coalition would be called "People's Democratic Alliance". On being asked if Zeliang has been official notified by BJP, Sarma said, "In politics you don't go by too many letters; politics goes on signal, and we have send enough signals to Mr. Zeliang that at this stage we can not be friends with NPF".

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

A win for the NPF, which relentlessly flagged the Hindutva issue in the Christian majority state, would be the biggest blow to the BJP-NDPP combine.

The Governor also said that NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu informed him that he has written BJP national President Amit Shah that the NPF-BJP alliance is still going. The National People's Party (NPP) bagged two seats, while the JD (U) got one seat.

The BJP state unit is presently meeting in Kohima.

BJP, which has been the junior partner in the NPF-run state government since 2003, has not formally walked out of the alliance even though it entered into a seat sharing arrangement with NDPP for the February 27 assembly elections.

"We are confident of forming the government. He can surely meet them after the formation of the government".

The NPF party issued a press release on Monday. stating 'news headlines appearing in print and electronic media erroneously or maliciously portraying Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang as desperately clinging on to the chair and refusing to resign has projected him in a very poor light'.

"It is also very good to have a very strong opposition in a healthy democracy".

BJP National General Secretary, Ram Madhav as well as both the legislators were present during the submission.

Meanwhile, talking to, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon termed BJP's decision to sever ties with his party as a "unilateral decision".

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