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Political upheaval giving birth to new political party in Nagaland

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, AUGUST 2: Consequent upon recent political upheaval in Nagaland, especially the merger of 21 NPF MLAs with NDPP and joint declaration of the NDPP and the BJP to continue the pre-poll alliance for 2023 State elections, a like-minded group of ex-parliamentarians has come together and are working to give a tough fight to the incumbent Neiphiu Rio-led Government.
Sources, on condition of anonymity, said that around 35 ex-parliamentarians, including ex-candidates, some sitting legislators, retired bureaucrats and young politicians, are working to be the strong contenders for the formation of the next government in the State.
Currently, many of them are reportedly attached with one or the other political parties, but the merger of 21 NPF legislators with NDPP and the subsequent 40:20 seat-sharing declaration between NDPP-BJP as pre-poll alliance partners, has compelled the political aspirants to come together.
This group has been seriously involved in State politics prior to the 2019 Lok Sabha election and has been meeting regularly while conspicuously monitoring all political developments including the ongoing Naga Political Issue and the NDPP-BJP alliance.
The latest development among them has been their closed-door meeting held at Dimapur last week and their decision to work together to contest the ensuing 2023 State general elections by joining a political party or even as a new political party not to give free hands to the NDPP-BJP.
Sources said that the group is contemplating to become a formidable political force in the event of the failure of the ongoing political solution to the much awaited and anticipated proclamation by the Government of India, but announcing the State elections 2023.
Whether through a recognized political party or by setting up a new party, the group has reportedly decided that it will set up adequate candidates in the upcoming general elections with a significant number of winnable candidates enabling it to be a factor to reckon with as a formidable force in the formation of the next government in the State.
The group will declare the final decision on the party they would join, other than BJP/NDPP, or establish a new political party in the State, sources added.
(Page News Service)