Putting an end to speculations over alliances and government formation, BJP leader and north-east in-charge Ram Madhav and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) chief Neiphiu Rio met Governor PB Acharya on Sunday to stake claim to form the government in Nagaland.
The BJP and its new alliance, the NDPP, will form the government along with support from a Janata Dal (United) MLA and an independent.
The BJP, which had won only one seat in the 2013 state Assembly polls, bagged 12 seats this year, while its ally, the newly-formed NDPP, won 17 seats in the 60-member House. The NPF became the single largest party in the House with 27 seats. The National People’s Party (NPP) bagged two seats, lesser than expected, while JD(U) managed one seat. Out of a total of 11 Independent candidates, only one Independent candidate managed a win.
The Tenning seat, which was earlier given to NPF, was shifted to NDPP on Sunday after the state chief electoral officer came clear on the tabulation error.