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NDPP-BJP alliance gears up for Nagaland Legislative Assembly polls 2023

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NDPP would contest 40 seats while the BJP would field candidates for 20 seats for the 60 member Nagaland Legislative Assembly and there will be “no friendly contest” in any of the constituency(s).

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP have jointly decided to take forward their alliance with 40:20  seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) election scheduled for early next year.

The seat sharing understanding between the two parties ahead of the ensuing NLA elections was made known in a joint statement issued by NDPP secretary general, Abu Metha, and Nagaland BJP in-charge, Nalin Kohli.

The statement mentioned that the two parties, led by the BJP president, JP Nadda and the chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, who represents the state through the NDPP have mutually agreed to continue the alliance with the “seat sharing” in the ensuing NLA election.

As the NDPP-BJP alliance in the state of Nagaland growing, the statement mentioned that the alliance emerged as victorious even in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the assembly bye-elections.

Both the signatories recalled that the NDPP-BJP alliance in Nagaland was formed in the year 2018 under the leadership of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in the presence of the then BJP national president, Amit Shah, where “seat sharing understanding” between the two parties ahead of NLA elections were discussed.

NDPP would contest 40 seats while the BJP would contest in 20 seats, jointly fielding the candidates in the 60 member Nagaland Legislative Assembly and there will be “no friendly contest” in any of the constituency(s). Later, it was learnt that a “core committee” of NDPP and BJP members would be formulate the election strategy to decide the “seats” at an appropriate time to decide in which seat each party (s) would contest respectively.

The NDPP-BJP alliance in Nagaland since the year 2018, the former has contested for 40 seats while BJP had contest in 20 seats. Modi personally had launched the election campaign on February 22, 2018, and the pre-poll alliance winning the mandate of the people to form a “popular government” on March 18 the same year.

Mentioning that the “alliance” has provided Nagaland with a “stable government” in carrying out “all round accelerated development” in tune with the “full-fledged” support of India’s prime minister’ government and where the state of Nagaland has witnessed an era of economic growth with the prevalence of an “peaceful environment” guided by the “common minimum programme” of the alliance, another addition
through the press release mentioned that the Nagaland government has played the “role” of an active facilitator in the “peace process”.

A “serious efforts” to continue to be made by the Nagaland government and the Indian government with the “blessings” of prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Union home minister, Amit Shah, towards finding a “peaceful solution” through the on-going “political dialogue” is need of the hour says the press release.

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