Nagaland: NDPP, BJP and others elect Neiphiu Rio as their leader

Nagaland: NDPP, BJP and others elect Neiphiu Rio as their leader”

The richest legislators include Neiphiu Rio from the NDPP with assets worth over Rs 36 crore, K. Tokugha Sukhalu also of the same party with over Rs 17-crore assets and Yitachu from the NPF with over Rs 17-crore assets. "We are waiting for a confirmation from the Prime Minister's Office which date would be convenient for him to attend the swearing-in", Abu Metha, secretary general of the NDPP, said after senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP general secretary Ajay Jamwal met with Neiphiu Rio, the alliance's chief ministerial candidate, in Kohima. The Janata Dal United (JD-U), which is a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partner and has won one seat in the state, has already pledged its support to Rio, and so has the sole Independent MLA.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

"BJP can not go back to NPF because we can not betray the mandate of the people", Sarma asserted while substantiating that BJP and NDPP had contested elections jointly and the Prime Minister addressed a BJP-NDPP rally. "I have given them 48 hours time to submit the signatures of the elected members supporting them".

Sarma was also confident that the long protracted Naga political issue would be solved with a stable government in the state.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang, who heads the Naga People's Front or NPF that won 29 seats along with its ally in the assembly election, said he will not resign.

Acharya said, "I was thinking that Zeliang will come and put in his resignation but he still thinks he can form the Government and he has the majority". NPF, on the other hand, has 26 members and along with pre-poll partner, NPP claimed 28.

Acharya said he told Zeliang about JD (U) legislator submitting letter of support to Rio on Sunday morning.

Two BJP ministers are still in the Zeliang cabinet although the national party had allied with Rio before the polls. Zeliang said he would meet with BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi to discuss government formation in Nagaland. "Once things are clear, we will have to take a decision", the Governor said.

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". Efforts of reporters to reach Zeliang were unsuccessful.

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