Zeliang resigns, backs Neiphiu Rio as new Nagaland CM

Randolph Lopez
March 9, 2018

The BJP and NDPP together have 30 lawmakers. In a letter they said the BJP, the NPP and the NPF had formed the government in Manipur past year and they must continue with this model in Nagaland.

Reports said that central BJP observers JP Nadda, Arun Singh and BJP legislature party leader Y Patton, along with all the 12 newly elected BJP legislators, will meet Nagaland governor PB Acharya on Tuesday with a support letter from NDPP to stake claim to form the next government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio.

The Union minister of state for home said the BJP's victory in Nagaland was a historic one as people have shown tremendous love and affection for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reposed full faith in his vision for Nagaland.

National People's Party's (NPP) state president Ato Yepthomi said he had also submitted a letter supporting Rio to the governor.

After the meeting, Acharya said that Rio has the majority and should form the government. 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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Along with this, one Independent candidate also added to the number that sums up to 32 MLAs and the number is apt to form a government in the 60 assembly seat state. "And when efforts are on to cobble up requisite numbers to form the government, the question of the CM resigning does not arise", NPF said. "It is good for the Northeast, good for India", he said.

Post the election results, Zeliang pitched for a larger coalition involving the BJP, NPDP and his party NPF, leaving virtually no room for the Opposition. The NPF has also threatened to pull out of the Manipur government if the interest of the party is ignored in Nagaland.

A neck and neck fight was on in Nagaland between NPF and BJP-NDPP alliance.

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.

Before the voting was to take place in Nagaland, NPF had issued a direct threat to the BJP that it would withdraw support to that government after the Nagaland elections. A 16-member NPF team led by Mr. Zeliang, too, met the Governor.

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