Governor gives 48-hours to both parties
Kohima, March 4: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) and NDPP led alliance on Sunday called on Governor P B Acharya and staked claim to form the next Government claiming to have the majority support.
Led by Chief Ministerial candidate, Neiphiu Rio of NDPP and BJP general secretary, Ram Madev accompanied by JD (U) elected member G. Kaito Ayeh and Independent member, Tongpang Ozukum, State BJP President, Visasolie Lhongu, NDPP President, Chingwang Konyak and his senior party functionaries, the NDPP-BJP alliance called on Governor to stake claim to form the Government.
Chief Minister, T R Zeliang along with his newly elected MLAs also called on the Governor and staked claim to form the Government.
The Nagaland Assembly Election result declared Saturday had given a hung-mandate with ruling NPF winning 26 seats, BJP – 12, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) – 18, National People’s Party (NPP) – 2, JD (U) – 1 and Independent – 1.
However, Nagaland Governor, P B Acharya has set 48-hours deadline for both Zeliang and Rio to submit officially signed support letters from majority of newly elected MLAs to form the government.
Interacting with media-persons Sunday evening at Raj Bhavan here, the Governor said that Rio and Zeliang had claimed to have majority support, but “I have given them 48-hours time to submit the officially signed signatures of the elected members to make sure that they are with either of them”.
Technically and legally the present Government can go on till March 13 and if Chief Minister TR Zeliang does not have majority, he has to resign, the Governor said, while also expressing hope that “being democratic people, they will come to a conclusion as early as possible and a new government installed at the earliest”.
Earlier in the morning, the Governor after holding meeting with Rio, who claimed to have majority support, had told reporters that Rio has the majority and that his group should form the Government as per the democratic norms.
The Governor disclosed that Rio had submitted the list of the 30 NDPP-BJP elected members and also the official support letters of JD(U) and Independent legislators in the formation of the new government, taking the tally to 32.
However, the Governor also said that he has asked Rio to submit the officially signed signatures of all the MLAs supporting him.
The Governor revealed that incumbent Chief Minister TR Zeliang also came to Raj Bhavan in the evening.
“I was thinking that he (Zeliang) will come and put his resignation but he still thinks he can the form government and he has the majority (sic)”, Acharya said, adding that Zeliang had submitted the list of 26 NPF MLAs and two NPP and one JD(U) legislators.
The Governor said he informed Zeliang about JD(U) legislator submitting letter in support of Rio in the morning. He said that Zeliang expressed the hope of gaining the support of BJP to form the Government and put forth his desire to go to Delhi as he has been invited.
The Governor also informed the media that NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu had written a letter to the BJP national President Amit Shah that the NPF-BJP alliance is still going on as two BJP ministers were part of Zeliang ministry. He said that the NPF has asked BJP to say either it has broken the alliance or they are with NPF and that ‘yes or no’ version has not come and that is why Zeliang wants to go to Delhi and meet the BJP national leaders.
“Zeliang is also right and let the letter come and let him be convinced whether BJP is with him or not… once things are cleared we will have to take a decision,” the Governor said.
However, efforts to meet Zeliang and take a quote were unsuccessful.
In this the Governor also clarified saying that “I have not invited anyone to form the government as of now but I have given them 48-hours to submit the official letters signed by the MLAs to make sure they are with them”.
“As a constitutional head, my duty is to see who has the majority and call them to form the new government and before March 8 a government having the majority is going to be sworn in Nagaland,” the Governor said.
“It is up to them and whoever brings the official signatures of more than 30 elected members I will accept,” he added. (Page News Service)