Nagaland's Outgoing CM TR Zeliang Refuses to Step Down

Nagaland's Outgoing CM TR Zeliang Refuses to Step Down

Rio, accompanied by BJP leader Ram Madhav, had submitted letters of support to the governor during the day but Acharya is seeking documents signed by the respective party presidents.

After meeting Zeliang, Acharya told that Rio and Zeliang have claimed to have majority support, but "I have not invited anyone to form the Government as of now".

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said on Saturday that the BJP could not form an alliance with the NPF due to disagreements over seat-sharing.

Earlier, after meeting Neiphiu Rio, Governor said Rio who claimed support of 32 MLAs has the majority and should form the government.

The NDPP and the BJP have won 18 and 12 seats respectively while the lone JD (U) MLA G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were backing the alliance, Metha said.

He said the NPF has won 27 seats and combined with the 12 seats won by the BJP, "We will be able to provide a stable and strong government to the people of the state".

"In Nagaland, NDPP-BJP alliance has secured 30 seats".

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The NPP, a constituent of the BJP-led coalition in adjoining Manipur, is also expected to join the BJP-NDPP alliance.

Asked if any official letter was given to outgoing chief minister T R Zeliang on the breaking of ties, Sarma said, "In politics, we don't go by too many letters". He hopes to lead the state as the chief minister once again.

In a pre-emptive move, ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) has moved to Nagaland Governor, P B Acharya declaring that it has pre-poll agreement with JDU and Nationalist People's Party (NPP).

"Zeliang is also right and let the letter come and let him be convinced whether the BJP is with him or not. We will go with the NDPP", Sarma said in reply to a question.

Advising Mr Zeliang to "resign gracefully respecting democratic norms", Mr Sarma said it wouldn't be proper for the NPF leader to meet central BJP leaders now as that "will send wrong signals to the people".

Stating that the resolution of the Naga political issue was the top priority of the NPF, party spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon told PTI, "In the interest of the peace process, the NPF had made a decision to reaffirm the alliance with the BJP and we want to continue the alliance".

The party stated that the decision was taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict of the declared results of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly elections, and also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Delhi. Efforts of reporters to reach Zeliang were unsuccessful.

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