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06 February, 2018, 16:40
Kohima:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a decision to forge an alliance with newly floated Nationalist Democratic People's Party (NDPP) led by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio for the 27 February assembly poll in Nagaland.
Sources say that most of the political parties are prepared for the election but have not filed their nominations as it would be seen as a defiance of the call to boycott the election.
It may be pointed that 23 is not a majority in the house of 60 and the Congress's hope of forming the government on its own has dashed to the ground, though, there is high probability that the party might go for post-poll alliance in case of a hung assembly.
If viewed from the shoulder of the NSCN (IM) and the other Naga civil society organisations, then it will definitely be a deterrent to the final pact and if seen from the views of the Central unit of the BJP, then it could be a stepping stone towards the final pact.
"True, we have been contesting elections with the NPF, but there was never any seat-sharing agreement". NDPP, which has struck a pre-poll alliance with BJP, is contesting in 40 seats and BJP will fight in the remaining 20.
The BJP is the only party till date to announce that it will contest the election. NDPP, on the other hand, gave ticket to just one woman candidate, Awan Konyak. As according to the Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland, no nominations have been filed despite some candidates who collected the nomination forms.
The core committee of Naga tribal "hohos" and civil organizations (CCNTHCO), which shepherded the parties to sign the declaration, also urged the Election Commission not to issue notification for the polls on January 31.
The NPF, which was a signatory to the 11-party joint declaration to "solution before election" and had chose to boycott the elections, has in a press release stated their decision to participate in the forthcoming polls.
From "Solution before Election" to now "Serious consequences as per the law of the outfit will be imposed on any of the cadres found defying the decision of the Naga people", the upcoming Assembly election in Nagaland is not without its share of high octane drama.
Even as the news of nomination filing trickled in, the CCNTHCO was holding a closed-door meeting in Kohima with representatives of the political parties which had signed the joined declaration not to contest elections.