Parties stake claim to form Govt before results

Parties stake claim to form Govt before results
NPP president, Ato Yepthomi, general secretary, Sashank, chief minister, T R Zeliang and JD (U) president, Senchumo Lotha with Governor PB Acharya
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NPF ink pact with NPP, JD (U) & NCP

Dimapur/Kohima, March 2: In another first, and one which can happen only in Nagaland, political parties that had contested the February 27 general elections are already staking claim to form the Government even before the results are declared.
The newly formed alliance partners, NPF, NPP and JD-U, while exuding confidence of getting absolute majority when the votes are counted on March 3, have already written to the Governor of Nagaland informing that they would be staking claim to form the Government once the results are announced.
In a letter to the Governor, NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Lieietsu, NPP president, Ato Yepthomi and JD(U) president Senchumo Lotha requested the Governor to consider their claim as per established norms and as per the majority security by the alliance.
They also informed that NPF had contested on 58 seats, NPP on 25 seats and JD (U) on 13 seats. The alliance has decided that T R Zeliang would be their chief ministerial candidate.
New alliance: The nervous Naga People’s Front (NPF) has managed to bring few political parties to its fold ahead of the declaration results of the assembly polls.
The Cock party which is likely to appear as the largest party is trying to garner enough support to form the next government and it has managed to make a deal with JD(U), NPP and NCP. The fate of these less affective parties will be decided tomorrow.
JD(U) which is part of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has also inked an agreement with the NPF for formation of next government. But it is not known whether the high command of the JD(U) has given nod to the State unit to sign such agreement.
NPF president, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu and JD(U) State Unit President, Senchumo Lotha signed an agreement on February 17 for a pre-poll understanding as a prelude to post poll alliance. “That the NPF and the JD(U) shall workout strategies in certain Assembly Constituencies of where both the parties are having candidates for the benefit of both the parties,” the agreement stated.
But former Home Minister G. Kaito Ayeh, who is contesting on JD(U) ticket was a former member of NPF and was denied cock symbol.
The NPF further agreed to extend pre-poll logistic support to the JD(U) and that JD(U) has endorsed T R Zeliang who has been projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate by the cock party.
JD(U) has been part of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) since 2003 despite hitches in the alliance.
The two parties also committed to honour the agreement.
The NPF and NPP also signed pre/post poll alliance and endorsed Zeliang as the Chief Minister.
The JD(U) has also written a letter to Governor P B Acharya informing him about the agreement signed with the NPF. The party has informed the Governor that it will support the formation of new government led by Zeliang.
The NPP has also informed the Governor about its decision to support the NPF led government.
In a joint letter to the Governor the three parties said the alliance is confident of getting absolute majority and that they will be staking claim to form the government. “We would like to request you to consider our claim as per established norms and as per the majority secured by the alliance,” the letter stated.
In a separate letter to the Governor the cock party has informed the decision of the grand alliance of three parties to form the next government if they secure the required seats.
NDPP and BJP pre-poll alliance are hopeful of forming the next government. (Page News Service)