Rio first Nagaland CM to take oath outside Raj Bhavan tomorrow

Will Bring Transparency in Governance Neiphiu Rio

Union Minister JP Nadda said 12 BJP MLAs had submitted a letter to Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya backing Rio's candidature.

The governor has asked him to give a letter of support signed by the party's national president Conrad Sangma along with a letter with the signatures of both the NPP MLAs at the earliest. He said that the urgent need for Nagaland is a strong political party to provide a stable Government to facilitate for a permanent solution to the Naga political problem and for the all-round development of the state for the interest of public. It would not affect their BJP-led Government in Manipur, he said and further added that they would continue to have them (NPF) in Manipur Government.

The BJP has officially announced that they are with NDPP in Nagaland and will go ahead with government formation in the state.

In the 60-member assembly, the NDPP-BJP alliance bagged a total of 30 seats. Acharya had told reporters that Rio and Zeliang have claimed to have majority support, but "I have not invited anyone to form the government as of now".

"After coming to know of the decision of BJP severing ties with NPF, I am submitting the resignation of the council of ministers headed by me today with a request to accept the same with immediate effect", TR Zeliang said in his resignation letter.

Set to assume office in the state is an alliance comprising former chief minister Neiphiu Rio's Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (16 MLAs) and BJP (12), with the support of two MLAs of the National People's Party, the lone MLA of the Janata Dal (United) and Independent Tongpang Ozukum.

Neiphiu Rio, who has been elected as the leader of the BJP-Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party-led alliance government, will take oath for the fourth time (2003-08, 2008-13, 2013-14) as chief minister on March 8.

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.

In the last Assembly election in 2013, Zeliang had won the seat by a margin of 2,636 votes.

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