Hiccups in PDA alliance as NPP withdraws support

Hiccups in PDA alliance as  NPP withdraws support

Kohima, March 7: Ahead of the swearing-in of NDPP-BJP led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government tomorrow, the National People’s Party (NPP) has pulled out of the coalition.
NPPF having two minds today withdrew support to the grand alliance which consists of NDPP, BJP, JD(U) and an Independent. NPP and JD(U) had signed a post poll agreement with the Naga People’s Front (NPF) but later the JD(U) also withdrew the agreement and decided to support the BJP in forming the new government.
NPP in the State is headed by former BJP member, Ato Yepthomi as President. NPP in Meghalaya has formed the government with the support of BJP.
The decision of the NPP to withdraw support could be due to ministerial berth. The NPP has two Members in the House of 60. With this the support of the PDA has been reduced to 32.
In a letter to the Governor, the State Unit President of NPP, Ato stated that the reason for the withdrawal of the Letter of Support being that they are yet to obtain endorsement from the National President.
Earlier the Governor has asked the political parties to obtain the Letter of Support from the respective party high command.
Raj Bhavan sources confirmed the receipt of the withdrawal letter.
Patton to be Deputy CM
The new Government will have Neiphiu Rio as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister will be Y. Patton who was Home Minister in NPF government headed by outgoing Chief Minister, T R Zeliang. JD(U) and one Independent Members are also likely to be inducted into the Cabinet.
Patton is expected to get Home portfolio.
Sources said there was a minor hiccup in the alliance after the BJP wanted a lion share in the ministry asking for six cabinets and a Speaker. But Rio is unlikely to give away the Speaker post to his alliance.
The new Government would be “old wine in a new bottle” as most of the members in the new government would be former senior members of NPF. (Page News Service)