Curtains fell on the drama over the formation of government with Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma reaching Kohima to iron out the fine details of the coalition, christened People's Democratic Alliance.
Chief Minister T R Zeliang, whose NPF emerged as the single largest party with 26 seats in the Assembly poll results Saturday, is learnt to be hoping that the BJP, with which he had an alliance until recently, may side with him.
The Biren Singh-led BJP government in Manipur had been stitched up with the support of four NPF MLAs and other parties. That apparently is the trump card that NPF has up its sleeves.
Governor P B Acharya said he has asked Neiphiu Rio to submit signatures of all the 32 MLAs supporting him by tomorrow.
BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the pre-poll allies have got a "near simple majority" in the 60-member assembly while NDPP leader and three-time CM Neiphiu Rio said he was confident that their alliance will form the next government in Nagaland.
On Saturday, as the BJP notched up 12 seats — its previous best in Nagaland was seven, and the party had a solitary seat in 2013 elections — from the 20 it contested, and raised the vote-share from 1.75 per cent in 2013 to 14.4 per cent.
The NPF emerged the single-largest party with 27 seats, the NDPP has 17, BJP 12, Nationalist People’s Party (NPP) 2, JD(U) 1, and one independent - 37-year-old Tongpang Ozukum who defeated the working president of the NDPP and former Chief Secretary Alemtamshi Jamir.
While BJP and NDPP sources claim that the alliance will form the government with JD(U), NPP and the Independent candidate in tow, NPF asserts otherwise.
Nagaland election results 2018, full list of winners: Chief Minister T R Zeliang has won the battle against NDPP rival Iherie Ndang by over 4,000 votes from Peren constituency. The JD (U), which kept away from the alliance with NPF, has 13 contenders.
The Nagaland assembly election was being viewed as a battle between Chief Minister T R Zeliang of NPF, and his predecessor Neiphiu Rio, then of the NPF but now heading his own party — NDPP — in alliance with the BJP.
Nagaland Election Results 2018: BJP leader and north-east in-charge Ram Madhav along with NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio met Governor PB Acharya on Sunday to stake claim to form the government. Here are the LIVE UPDATES.
Senior NPF leader Sebastian Zumvu, pointed out a central executive committee resolution of the party in January, “which said that for the interest of peace solution and the Naga people, we want to continue the alliance with BJP”.
Nagaland Election Results 2018: Exit polls predicted for a showdown between the two parties, with the BJP making significant gains in the state, and Congress being reduced in the 60-member assembly.
“We have not received anything (details about content of framework agreement) in black and white. If they (the Centre) are serious, then the solution can happen within a few months time. If they are not serious, then it will prolong,” said Nagaland CM TR Zeliang.
Both processes will be held between 7 am and 3 pm on March 2, and counting will take place as scheduled on March 3.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Therie alleged that Joshi even stopped Congress president Rahul Gandhi from visiting Nagaland. Therie said that “in two-and-a-half years” [Joshi took charge in June 2016], Joshi visited the state only once.
While NPF has concentrated on a regional identity in this election, positioning itself as champions of Nagas and blaming Rio for instability in the state, the NDPP-BJP alliance has tried to usurp the role of opposition, calling Zeliang “a weak leader”, with the slogan “Change is Coming”.
At Ladigarh in Longleng district, which is in the Disputed Area Belt with Assam, the CEO’s report said Assam Police did not let a polling station be set up, as the area is claimed by both states.
Nagaland elections: In battle of CMs past and present, BJP opposes government that it is part of, its ally born out of ruling party.
It is an open secret that beneath the facade of the indifferent calm, electioneering is on in full swing with contesting candidates knocking on doors offering money for votes.