NDPP's Neiphiu Rio stakes claim to form government in Nagaland

File photo: NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Dimapur, Nagaland, India Mar 04, 2018, 12.13 PM (IST)

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) chief Neiphiu Rio met Nagaland governor PB Acharya to stake claim to form the government on Sunday.

BJP-NDPP also submitted a list of elected candidates to the Nagaland governor.

NDPP leader Neiphiu Rio claimed the support of 32 MLAs in the state's 60-member Assembly.

This was accepted by Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, who said Neiphiu Rio had the majority and should form the government.

Acharya said he has asked Rio to submit signatures of all the 32 MLAs supporting him by tomorrow.

The NDPP and the BJP have won 18 and 12 seats respectively while the lone JD(U) MLA G Kaito Aye and Independent legislator Tongpang Ozukum were backing the alliance, NDPP secretary-general Abu Metha said.

Rio is a three-time chief minister of the state. 

(With inputs from PTI)