In a major political move, Nagaland’s main opposition party, the Naga People’s Front (NPF), has decided to support the ruling coalition in the state.
The NPF, which is the single largest party with 25 MLAs in the 60 member state assembly, has announced it wants to join the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government.
In fact, the party passed a resolution on Monday calling for unity among all members of the state assembly in a bid to expedite the Naga peace process.
“The NPF legislature party unanimously endorses the concept of an opposition-less government with PDA in the larger interest of the Naga People,” the resolution stated.
“The idea being mooted is to form an opposition-less government to push the Naga peace process. A final shape will emerge within a week’s time,” said NPF general secretary Achumbemo Kikon.
Currently, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led by Neiphiu Rio and the BJP form the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance.
According to sources, the NPF’s decision comes after an open invitation from the NDPP to join the government. On Tuesday, NDPP leadership convened an emergency meeting attended by chief minister Rio at the party headquarters in Dimapur.
A resolution was passed welcoming the NPF’s decision “calling for unity amongst the members of the 13th Nagaland legislative assembly”, while deciding to consult alliance partner BJP before taking a final decision on induction of the NPF into the government.
While the BJP remains tight-lipped about the development, the NDPP reiterated its commitment to “pre-poll partners” stating that it will honour “all commitments both past and present”.
There will be no opposition in the Nagaland assembly once the NPF formally joins the ruling coalition that consists of the NDPP, BJP, and an independent MLA.