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21 Naga People’s Front MLAs Join CM Rio’s NDPP in Nagaland

In a major political development, 21 MLAs of the NPF (Naga People’s Front) on Friday joined the NDPP (Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. NDPP spokesperson Merentoshi R Jamir said that after these legislators of the NPF, which had 25 legislators earlier, switched sides, now the party has 42 MLAs in the 60-member assembly.
While the NPF is left with four MLAs, the BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) has 12, and there are two independent members. Assembly speaker Sharingain Longkumer accepted the decision of the 21 NPF legislators to switch the party.
The development occurred ahead of the Assembly elections upcoming next year and two days after NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu announced that the party would contest the polls on its own.
Chief Minister Rio and BJP president Temjen Imna Along have said that they would continue will the alliance and contest the polls with the seat-sharing formula of 40-20.
The NPF had joined the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance comprising the NDPP and the BJP in August 2021 to form the UDA (United Democratic Alliance), an opposition-less government in the state with the object of pushing the Naga political problem forward.
The minister and government spokesperson Neiba Kronu asserted that there is a need for a strong regional and national party to work together.