The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) will form the next government in Nagaland, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday.
"We tried to have an alliance with Naga People's Front (NPF) but we could not reach an agreement on seat sharing. So, we have formally entered into an alliance with NDPP. We are very hopeful that our alliance of newly floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP will form the next Nagaland government with an absolute majority," Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said while addressing a press conference.
He added that the former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio-led NDPP would contest on 40 seats and the BJP on 20. He further clarified that despite forging an alliance with the NDPP, the BJP was not severing its ties with NPF, which has been its ally for last 15 years.
On speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the Union Minister said, ‘There were some problems raised by the Civil Society, which has been addressed. We understand the sentiment being expressed by the core group.”
“Through election, we would ensure that people’s aspiration is being taken care of. This will be possible if we are clear of our agenda.”
Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio told Republic TV,
“I feel strongly that our alliance will bring a stable government and we will move forward with development agenda as PM Modi has announced. “
Polling in Tripura will take place on February 18 and Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 27. The results for all the three northeastern states will be declared on March 3. The terms of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively. All the three states have 60 seats each.