Nagaland: BJP Submits latter to governor supporting Neiphiu Rio as next CM


BJP has submitted a letter of support from 12 MLAs to Nagaland governor supporting NDPP’s Neiphiu Rio as CM candidate.

It must be mentioned here that , both Rio and outgoing CM T R Zeliang have staked claim to form the government. However BJP has ruled out an alliance with the NPF, and said it stood by the tie-up with the NDPP.

“BJP submitted letter of support from 12 MLAs to Governor supporting NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio as chief ministerial candidate of Nagaland,” Union Minister J P Nadda told reporters.

The BJP bagged 12 seats, while its ally NDPP won 17 seats in the 60-member Assembly. It is also supported by the lone JD(U) MLA and an Independent legislator.

Constitutional crisis is looming large over Nagaland  after outgoing chief minister T R Zeliang of the NPF refused to quit office and asserted that his party will form the government again.

The NPF on Monday said it had submitted pre-poll alliance letters with National People’s Party (NPP) and JD(U) as its allies to the governor

Rio and Zeliang had met Governor P B Acharya on Sunday and claimed to have the support of majority of MLAs. Acharya had given both leaders a 48-hour deadline to submit the signatures of the MLAs supporting them.

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