At the time of writing, the stunning results in the North East elections have thrown a cloud over the political aspirations of one person - former three-time Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who mere weeks earlier resigned from his seat in the Lok Sabha and threw all his might behind the new NDPP party.
Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Rio answered questions about the unpredictable situation he has found himself in. Here's the context:
1. At the time of writing, Rio's former party, the NPF+, is in the lead with 30/60 seats.
2. The NPF is currently in power in the TR Zeliang-led state, and its alliance partner is the BJP. There are two BJP ministers in the Nagaland government.
3. The BJP is NDPP's(Rio's) ally in these elections and is contesting against its ally in government, the NPD+.
4. BJP leaders including MoS Home Kiren Rijiju have been non-committal over whether they would choose between the NPF or the NDPP if such a choice is necessary
5. NDA constituents like the JDU are in the lead in a few seats in the state