March 17, 2018

Zeliang resigns, backs Neiphiu Rio as new Nagaland CM

09 March 2018, 02:08 | Rufus Hill

Voters wait in a long queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Dimapur Nagaland

Voters wait in a long queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Dimapur Nagaland

The Governor also asked Rio to submit the supporting signatures of all the 32 MLAs by Monday.

Governor P.B. Acharya has asked both NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio and Zeliang to submit signed documents backing their claims of support.

An order signed on Sunday by EC Secretary Arvind Kumar said a tabulation error made by the Returning Officer on Saturday led to the declaration of N.R. Zeliang of the Naga People's Front (NPF) as the victor of the Tenning constituency instead of Namri Nchang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

Kohima: The BPP-NDPP alliance is leading in 21 seats while the ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) in 16, as per trends available for 44 constituencies for the Nagaland Assembly, Election Commission sources said on Saturday.

The NDPP on Sunday exuded confidence that they would be able to form a stable government in the state as the numbers were on their side.

During an interaction with the media, he also advised incumbent chief minister T.R. Zeliang to "resign gracefully respecting democratic norms".

BJP won 12 seats while NDPP secured 18 seats in the just-concluded elections.

TR Zeliang has refused to quit as CM and his NPF said "the NPF has emerged as the largest party and had submitted to the governor letters of support of pre-poll alliance partners the NPP and the JDU".

Zeliang had met the Nagaland governor at Raj Bhawan in Kohima and submitted his resignation letter along with all council of ministers.

"Today I can officially say that we are no longer, we have no track with NPF".

Rio, the leader of a coaliton of 32 MLAs that includes several BJP legislators, will be sworn in on March 8.

The NDPP has contested in 40 seats while the BJP in 20.

With four seats each, these parties helped BJP form a coalition government in Manipur past year.

The BJP leaders informed the governor that Y Patton had been elected the BJP Legislature Party leader in the Assembly.

The BJP had yesterday announced that it had severed its 15-year-old alliance with the NPF and said it would go with its pre-poll ally, the NDPP. Thereafter the Governor Acharya dissolved the 12 Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

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