BJP meets Governor; Submits letter supporting Rio as Chief Minister

The BJP on Tuesday indicated its resolve to form the government in Nagaland by writing a letter to the governor backing ally NDPP’s Neiphiu Rio as the next chief minister.

“BJP submitted letter of support from 12 MLAs to Governor supporting NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio as chief ministerial candidate of Nagaland,” Union Minister J P Nadda told reporters.

Constitutional crisis is looming large over the northeastern state after outgoing chief minister T R Zeliang of the NPF refused to quit office and asserted that his party will form the government again.

Rio and Zeliang had met Governor P B Acharya on Sunday and claimed to have the support of majority of MLAs. Acharya had given both leaders a 48-hour deadline to submit the signatures of the MLAs supporting them. (agencies)