BJP to form next govt in Nagaland, may ally with NPF, says party in-charge Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: The BJP will form the next government in Nagaland with the help of other parties, Union minister and BJP in-charge for the state Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday, indicating that the party's erstwhile ally NPF may align with it.

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

File image of Kiren Rijiju. PTI

Rijiju, who extensively campaigned for the BJP and its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland, said the Congress was nowhere to be seen as the party has not won a single state in the 60-member Assembly.

"The BJP will form the government in Nagaland with the help of other parties," he told PTI.

Asked whether the BJP and NDPP will be in a position to form the next government without the help of party's erstwhile ally Naga Peoples Front (NPF), which won in 17 seats and was likely to win eight others, Rijiju said, "The NPF has already passed a resolution on alliance with the BJP".

The BJP has won eight seats in Nagaland and was set to grab three others, while the NDPP won six and was set to win 11 more.

The BJP was part of the NPF-led government in Nagaland till the Assembly elections but parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP.

The Union minister of state for home said the BJP's victory in Nagaland was a historic one as people have shown tremendous love and affection for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reposed full faith in his vision for Nagaland.

"The BJP has been working with the agenda of development and will continue to do so in Nagaland too," he said.

Rijiju said the election in Nagaland was a very important one and the dream roadmap of Modi for the Northeast has won the heart of the people.

"A new political landscape lead by BJP is firmly established in the region now. It is good for the Northeast, good for India," he said.

Published Date: Mar 03, 2018 18:45 PM | Updated Date: Mar 03, 2018 18:45 PM

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