To form Govt with support from JD(U), Independent
Dimapur/Kohima, March 3: Fifteen years after Neiphiu Rio led Naga People’s Front (NPF) to power in Nagaland by dethroning the Congress Government; it was again left to Neiphiu Rio to stop the invincible NPF from regaining power in the State for the fourth consecutive term by cobbling up a last minute alliance to cross the magic mark of 31 to form the Government here.
Breaking the NPF 15-years old reign, the BJP-NDPP alliance with three times former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio as the chief ministerial candidate is all set to form the new Government in Nagaland.
Counting of votes for the 59 seats out of the 60 were held today while one seat under 11-Nothern Angami-II Assembly Constituency of Kohima district was declared elected unopposed.
The BJP, which had won only 1 seat in the 2013 State Assembly elections, won 12 while its pre-poll alliance and newly floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDDP) managed to win 17 seats in the 60 member House.
The NPF, which earlier emerged as the single largest party with 27 seats (reportedly reduced to 26 after recount), 4 short of the magic figure, failed to cobble up the required numbers, with pre-poll partners NPP, and JD (U), who won 2 and 1 seat respectively, leaving them to join force with the NDPP-BJP alliance.
The lone Independent elected candidate has also given letter of support to the NDPP-BJP alliance.
With this, the NDPP-BJP alliance, with NDPP winning 17 seats and BJP 12, along with JD (U) – 1 and IND – 1, now have the support of 31 elected members, giving the alliance simple majority to form the next Government in the State.
However, there are also reports that the NPP with two seats has also extended support to the NDPP-BJP alliance.
While questions on why the NPF decided to break alliance with the BJP ahead of the February 27 polls will continue to be discussed and dissected in the days ahead, even within the NPF party itself, Rio’s gamble to align with the BJP despite Church bodies caution against the secular agenda of the saffron party, appears to have paid off.
Earlier, there was indication of the NPF and BJP coming together to form the next Government despite all the vitriolic statement against each other during the campaigning, after it appeared that the NDPP-BJP alliance would fall short of absolute majority. The NPF winning 27 seats (at that time, which was reduced to 26 after recount to Tening A/C) had even sent feelers to the BJP, and the BJP with 12 seats in its kitty responding positively.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju gave credence to the confusion after he gave a statement that his party will not hesitate to go with the NPF for government formation if NDPP fails to secure requisite seats to form the Government.
NPF spokesman, Sebastian Zumvu also went ahead in confirming that the BJP is likely to strengthen its alliance with the cock party to form the new government. “BJP is most likely to support NPF to provide a stable government,” he said then.
As a feel good factor Chief Minister, T R Zeliang had also congratulated the BJP for wining in Tripura.
But as the NPF’s tally reduced reportedly to 26 from 27 seats as a result of recount in Tening A/C, and the elected Independent candidate issuing letter of support to the NDPP-BJP alliance, the BJP again took a u-turn and decided to stick with its pre-poll partner, the NDPP.
After this it was all academic, as the last minute pre-poll partners of the NPF, the NPP and JD (U), after seeing the writing on the wall, ditched the NPF and extended support to the BJP-NDPP alliance to form a “stable government” in Nagaland as well as to safeguard the interest of the NDA at the Centre. (Page News Service)
Chief Minister T R Zeliang (NPF)
Neiphiu Rio (NDPP)
Dr Imtiwapang (NPF)
C L John (NPF)
Paiwang Konyak (BJP)
Vikheho Swu (NPF)
K L Chishi (BJP)
Dr T M Lotha (BJP)
K Therie (INC)
Apok Jamir (NPF)
P Longon (NPF)
C. Kipili Sangtam (BJP)
Alemtemshi Jamir (NDPP)
T N Mannen (NDPP)
Party failing to win any seat: Congress, NCP, AAP & LJP