BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

BJP To Form Government With NDPP In Nagaland, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

"... BJP has already extended its support to Neiphiu Rio for forming the next government in Nagaland", Sarma categorically adding that he had discussed in detail "architecture of the government, how NDPP and BJP will be represented in the new government, and how we can ensure stability in Nagaland, and we arrived at some final conclusion".

"We (BJP and NDPP) had detailed discussion on the architecture and representation of the two parties in the government".

Meanwhile, sources said that negotiations are on between the NPF and its former ally BJP since the latter's alliance with NDPP has failed to reach the halfway mark.

The Governor said, "Technically and legally the present Government can go on till March 13 and if the Chief Minister T R Zeliang does not have majority, he has to resign". Central observer and Union minister JP Nadda, BJP's in-charge for the state, is likely to attend the meeting, according to party leaders.

Guwahati: P B Acharya, governor of Nagaland gave 48 hours to the ruling Naga front to prove its majority in the 60 member assembly. With the state witnessing a hung Assembly, the BJP has emerged as the kingmaker being wooed by both the main regional parties.

Threats by the NPF to withdraw support from the Manipur government - NPF has four legislators - also failed to persuade BJP to shift allegiance.

"In Nagaland, NDPP-BJP alliance has secured 30 seats. He can surely meet them after the formation of the government".

Zeliang is also said to have been in touch with BJP leaders even ahead of elections in which his NPF and BJP fought tooth and nail.

NPF legislator Yitachu has regretted that though people's mandate was with his party, it slipped out because of some "unprincipled leaders", admitting that pre-poll alliance had hit the party hard.

In a release Friday, NPF announced that in the interest of the political solution to the Naga problem it continues to be an alliance partner of the BJP. He hopes to lead the state as the chief minister once again.

The previous best for the BJP was seven seats under the leadership of senior leader Hokishe Sema in 2003 when Atal Behari Vajpayee was Prime Minister. However, state Congress president K. Therie said that BJP's national integration approach will not allow for a Naga solution. Sarma was of the view that the Naga issue could not be solved as Nagaland didn't have a stable government in the last five years. "The details will be disclosed by Rio in due course of time", the BJP leader said.

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