Nagaland Election 2018: BJP wins 11 seats, holds key to form Govt.

Can tie-up with BJP put Rio back in the saddle?

The BJP-NDPP alliance has the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.

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". Though the NPF led in the beginning, it was the NDPP-BJP alliance which later surged ahead.

Acharya said that NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio, who has claimed the support of 32 MLAs, should form the government as he has the majority, PTI reported. Central observer and Union minister JP Nadda, BJP's in-charge for the state, is likely to attend the meeting, according to party leaders.

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

N.R. Zeliang is the brother of Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, who has won the adjoining Peren Assembly constituency.

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

"We strongly feel that NPF, BJP and NPP alliance should form the government in Nagaland as already NPP and NPF are alliance partner of the BJP-led government in Manipur".

BJP leader Ram Madhav said that the party will form the government with its partner NDPP. With the state witnessing a hung Assembly, the BJP has emerged as the kingmaker being wooed by both the main regional parties.

On the other hand, NPF president, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu has also reportedly shot off a letter to BJP Chief Amit Shah informing him of the party's eagerness to continue its friendship and alliance with the latter, which was maintained for the last 15 years. Besides the eight seats of the NPF and NPP, and one from Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), the BJP with 21 seats crossed the simple majority mark of 31.

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'. If Zeliang desires, he can meet them after formation of the government, Mr Sarma added.

With the alliance in place, NDPP has been admitted to the National Democratic Alliance and also the North East Democratic Alliance, Sarma informed.

Sarma was also confident that the long protracted Naga political issue would be solved with a stable government in the state.

The previous best for the BJP was seven seats under the leadership of senior leader Hokishe Sema in 2003 when Atal Behari Vajpayee was Prime Minister.

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