The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday submitted a letter of support from 12 MLAs to Nagaland Governor supporting Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio as the chief ministerial candidate.
Earlier in the day, officials from the Election Commission along with state Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha submitted a notification constituting the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly to the governor.
The Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya has appointed Neiphiu Rio as the Chief Minister of Nagaland under clause (1) of Article 164 of the Constitution of India, according to Raj Bhavan office in Kohima.
"We can not go back to the NPF as we had gone to the people in the Assembly election with the pre-poll alliance with the NDPP", Himanta added.
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But over the past week there has been an increasing call for CFIUS to step in as well for security reasons. Any limitation on those supplies "could have a detrimental impact on national security", the letter said.
The newly-mandated alliance government, comprising 34 elected members of the NDPP, BJP, National People's Party (NPP), JD (U) and an Independent, however, has chose to take oath before the public.
It was, however, true that BJP was part of DAN Government in Nagaland since 2003.
Today, I can officially say that we have no truck with the NPF and there is no question of going back to the NPF in forming the government.
Though the letter doesn't mention it, top sources in both the NPF and the NPP told The Wire from Kohima that both the parties "would likely pull out of the BJP-led coalition in Manipur if it goes with NDPP". Even though NPF emerged the single largest party, it was shy of the magic number to form the government by itself.
The ruling NPF has secured 27 seats while the NPP has got 2 seats. However, NPF is still seeking the support of BJP in a quid pro quo manner.
The Governor also informed that the solution to the Naga political problem is expected within six months next.