Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio was also present during the merger programme with JD(U) on Monday Credit: File image

Kohima: The state unit of Janata Dal (United) has merged with the ruling National Democratic Progressive Party (NDDP) in Kohima, Nagaland on Monday.

According to sources in the NDDP, the party has welcomed the official merger of the party — founded by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar — under the leadership of lone MLA and state agriculture and cooperation minister G Kaito Aye.

With Aye joining the NDPP, the strength of the party in the 60-member state Assembly has gone up to 21 while its alliance partner BJP has 12 MLAs. The Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has 26 MLAs.

The merger programme was attended by party members, along with state minister Aye, state executive members and office-bearers in presence of Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, NDDP president Chingwang Konyak and other senior leaders of the party in Kohima on Monday.

“The members of Nagaland unit of the JD(U), led by minister Kaito, decided to officially merge with the NDDP in order to strengthen the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (PDA) government in Nagaland and also further uphold and expedite the ongoing framework agreement,” said a statement released by NDPP.

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Following the merger, the NDDP has expressed confidence that all confusions and rumours brought out by its political rivals will be put to rest since the PDA government in Nagaland is here for the long haul and will grow from strength to strength, the statement said.

“The NDDP will continue to provide the people with stability and good governance as we look forward to working hand in hand with the newly installed government at the Centre,” the statement added.

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