April 25, 2018

BJP, ally confident of forming govt in Nagaland

05 March 2018, 12:34 | Marta Robbins

People voting in Tripura. Credit PTI

People voting in Tripura. Credit PTI

Election on 59 seats of the 60-member assembly was held on 18 February.

NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio, a former three-time chief minister, has already been declared elected uncontested from Northern Angami II seat.

The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) also secured 27 seats, running neck and neck with the BJP-NDPP combine. A delegation of three Congress leaders - Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and CP Joshi - met the governor last night.

CPI (M) politburo member Hannan Mollah said the party is facing one of the toughest situations following its defeat in Tripura, which has "forced us to rethink in a new way".

The BJP and the NDPP had contested in 20 and 40 seats, respectively.

Earlier, Meghalaya Congress working president Vincent H Pala had expressed confidence that regional parties such as the United Democratic Party and the People's Democratic Front will join the Congress.

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) state unit today celebrated its victory in three NE states in recent concluded assembly election in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Sarma, who was the saffron party's in charge for Meghalaya and other northeastern states, said that he believed Gandhi has turned mature after his foreign tours but the move to send seniors leaders to Shillong shows his immaturity. "I hope the CM includes more faces from Malwa-Nimar in next cabinet expansion", said the BJP MLA.

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After heavy losses in Tripura and Nagaland, Nath, Patel and Joshi reached Meghalaya from Delhi in a bid to form a government, party sources said.

A neck and neck fight was on in Nagaland between NPF and BJP-NDPP alliance. Rio claimed he had the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.

State Governor P B Acharya has given both the leaders 48 hours time to submit the signatures of the MLAs supporting them.

Prior to his resignation, the outgoing chief minister paid floral tributes to deceased CPI-(M) Minister Khagendra Jamatia at the state party headquarters in Melarmath, Agartala. The win boosts the BJP ahead of next year's national elections.

Mr. Deb declined to say if he would be the BJP's candidate for Chief Minister. I met Manik Da and sought his blessings. West Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, who has been a big supporter of the Left-Congress alliance, said the CPI (M) has to behave pragmatically and needs to relook at its policies on the Congress before it is "too late".

He added, "The results of the by-polls in Rajasthan came out only 15 days ago". The people were with us, and we were with the people.

"It is now clear that the people of Karnataka will also reject the Congress for its corruption, collapse of law and order and divisive politics being unleashed by Siddaramaiah", he said in a release.

"That (Congress-mukt Bharat) can never happen". Left also should do introspection. "They succeeded as a result", Yechury said.

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