Not satisfied but happy, says Rio on NDPP winning 18 seats

Not satisfied but happy, says Rio on NDPP winning 18 seats
Neiphiu Rio (file photo)
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Kohima, MarCH 4: Leader of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Neiphiu Rio today expressed dissatisfaction over the win of only 18 of the party nominees in the just concluded Nagaland assembly elections.
“I am happy but I am not satisfied… it is much below our expectation but anyway I am happy,” he said replying to a query on the mandate of the people in electing 18 out of the 40 candidates fielded by his party.
Interacting with media persons at his private residence this evening, Rio said “BJP-NDPP alliance managed to achieve half mark (out of 60) and I am extremely grateful to the people of Nagaland and my party colleagues”.
Rio also acknowledged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for campaigning in Nagaland during the elections in Tuensang district and also the star campaigners of BJP.
NDPP-BJP fighting on seat sharing policy as pre-poll alliance have won 18 and 12 seats in the House of 60.
“With the support of one each Independent and JD(U) members we have crossed the half-way-mark. We now have a comfortable majority and staked claim to form the government by calling on the Governor in Raj Bhavan,” he said.
Rio also revealed that the NPP Nagaland President Ato Yepthomi has expressed the willingness of the party to extend support to the NDPP-BJP alliance in the formation of the government.
NPP, which contested the Nagaland elections for the first time has won two seats in the 60-member House.
Yepthomi was seen in the NDPP camp at Hotel Vivor during the day but he refused to comment anything to the media.
On the nomenclature of the new alliance partners, Rio revealed that it has been agreed in principle to be named as Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDA). He said that Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma would be arriving Monday and final decision would be taken.
Asked whether he was apprehensive of the newly elected legislators shifting of allegiance because of which they have been camped at Hotel Vivor in Kohima, Rio replied in negative saying that “due to bad weather in parts of Nagaland, we (NDPP) could not collect our elected members from the interior areas and some are still on the way and till such time we all come together we will have to have consultations”.
He also revealed that BJP elected members are also in Dimapur and being alliance partners we have lots to discuss… not only on seat sharing but also sharing of responsibilities.
On the Supreme Court judgement banning appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries and Advisors, Rio said “we will go by the rules… we cannot violate”.
Confident of forming the government, Rio while replying to query on installation of his government, said “we are requesting Prime Minister to come so some adjustments and it is likely to be done by March 7 or 8”. He also said discussions are being held to hold the swearing in ceremony in Local Ground Kohima.
Asked on whether he would be accepting NPF legislators, if approached, to join the government like the 12th House which witnessed the merger of 8 Congress, and one each NCP and JD(U) with ruling NPF, Rio said, “I don’t see that situation. It is also very good to have a very strong opposition as it becomes a healthy democracy”.
Meanwhile, secretary general of NDPP, Abu Metha said that a legislator party meeting of the alliance partners of NDPP-BJP and others, which is proposed to be officially named People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) will be having their first sitting on Monday to officially elect Rio as their leader. (Page News Service)