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Naga governor asks Neiphiu Rio to form government

05 March 2018

The Left Front, which has ruled the state uninterrupted for the past quarter of a century, was far behind, with the CPI-M candidates winning 16 seats while its junior partners Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party drew a blank after contesting one seat each.

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).

The political situation in Nagaland remained fluid as Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio and outgoing chief minister TR Zeliang of the NPF staked claim separately on Sunday to form the government, saying they have the requisite number of legislators in the 60-member assembly.

Analysing the poll outcome, Fadnavis said the BJP did not win the elections because of some vote division, but due to the people's trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. Mr Zeliang had said his party would be happy to form a new government with its old ally, the BJP.

The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) today demanded a respectable representation of its MLAs in the new state government, a day after the party and its ally BJP swept the Assembly polls.

The new alliance secured 30 seats, including that of Rio, and claims to have the support of the lone JD (U) lawmaker G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum.

In Meghalaya, the third north eastern state where votes were counted, a hung assembly means the BJP is in with a chance at forming government by tying up with regional parties. Acharya said he has asked Rio to submit signatures of all the 32 MLAs supporting him by Monday.

"This for the notice of those like Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who said that the BJP's victory is temporary -The gain made by the BJP in the North-eastern states is not based on a trend that lashed out one fine morning". The NDPP and the BJP also won 29 seats but have also got the support of JD (U) and an independent. Governor Tathagata Roy walked up to his auto to see him off in a good will gesture.

The correction on Sunday gives the PDA an edge as the alliance on Saturday had added the support of an Independent, and the lone victor from the Janata Dal (United), which had inked an alliance deal with the NPF and the National People's Party (NPP) ahead of the counting day. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at March 6.

Tripura Pradesh BJP president Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), BJP nominees Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur), Rampada Jamatia (Bagma), Dilip Kumar Das (Barjala), Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl (Karamchara), Ashish Kumar Saha (Bordowali) are the saffron party's notable winners.

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Naga governor asks Neiphiu Rio to form government