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Can tie-up with BJP put Rio back in the saddle?

06 March 2018, 01:46 | Katrina Lee

Can tie-up with BJP put Rio back in the saddle?

Nagaland Assembly elections 2018 State EC orders re-polling in 11 booths across 9 constituencies

Rio resigned as Nagaland chief minister on 24 May 2014 after winning the Lok Sabha seat from the state.

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

The NDPP-BJP alliance in Nagaland has thrown its hat in the ring and claimed the support of 32 MLAs after the dramatic defeat of the incumbent chief minister's brother tilted the scales. "There will be a meeting of the party president and CM candidate Mr TR Zeliang with Mr Rijiju tomorrow", said a senior NPF source.

Asked whether the BJP's decision to sever ties with the NPF would impact their relationship in Manipur, where four NPF legislators are part of the BJP government, party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said, "The NPF will have to revisit the decision".

Stating that the resolution of the Naga political issue was the top priority of the NPF, party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon told PTI, "In the interest of the peace process, the NPF had chose to reaffirm the alliance with the BJP and we want to continue the alliance".

BJP and NDPP together bagged 30 seats. From a call to boycott the polls before a solution to the vexed Naga insurgency issue to the church issuing a diktat not to "pierce the heart of Jesus" by voting the BJP to power, the state saw it all. "He can surely meet them after the formation of the government".

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Advising Mr Zeliang to "resign gracefully respecting democratic norms", Mr Sarma said it wouldn't be proper for the NPF leader to meet central BJP leaders now as that "will send wrong signals to the people".

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.

The Union minister of state for home said the BJP's victory in Nagaland was a historic one as people have shown tremendous love and affection for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reposed full faith in his vision for Nagaland.

With the alliance in place, NDPP has been admitted to the National Democratic Alliance and also the North East Democratic Alliance, Sarma informed.

In the run-up to the elections, Ram Madhav, the BJP national general secretary in charge of the Northeast, told reporters in New Delhi that BJP would form an alliance with one of the two regional parties in Nagaland keeping the possibility of signing the Naga Accord in mind.

He hoped that a new Government will be installed in the State at the earliest. "The details will be disclosed by Rio in due course of time", the BJP leader said.

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