Kohima: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) party has extended its support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party for the formation of the new government in Manipur, Achumbemo Kikon, NPF Secretary General informed on Friday.
While the (BJP) received a thumping majority by winning 32 seats in the 60 member Manipur Legislative Assembly election, NPF won 5 seats out of the 10 seats the party contested.
Kikon told EastMojo that a letter of support for the formation of BJP led government in Manipur was submitted to the governor of Manipur on Thursday.
Confident of a post-poll alliance with the BJP party once again, Kikon said, “This time, we deserve more than the last arrangement. Our tally has increased from 4 MLAs to 5 MLAs and so our stake has increased.
“We hope that the BJP leadership will acknowledge the contribution of the NPF in the last 5 years.”
The party’s official candidates, including sitting MLAs Leishiyo Keishing (43 Phungyar A/C), Khashim Vashum (45 Chingai A/C), Losü Dikho (48 Mao A/C) and Awangbow Newmai (52 Tamei A/C), emerged victorious to the 12th Manipur State Legislative Assembly. The fifth NPF candidate to win the election is Ramnganing Muivah from 44 Ukhrul A/C.
While two ministerial berths were given to the NPF under the previous Biren Singh-led BJP government, the party now hopes for more ministerial berths, considering the growth of its strength and “contribution” during the last tenure.
“It is imperative for any government including the BJP government to have the NPF in alliance to ensure that peace prevails both in the hills and as well as in the valleys,” he said, further adding that it is only through the NPF party that the gap between the hills and the valleys in Manipur can be bridged.
He goes on to say that the party’s presence in the hill areas is immense as a major chunk of the hill areas are dominated by Nagas. Although the party failed to secure five out of the ten seats in which it contested, Kikon said that the vote percentage has shown that there are “enough people” behind the party.
When the party comes to power with the BJP, he said that the party hopes to bring about more developmental activities in the hills apart from creating social and harmony between the hills and the valleys.
Kikon’s statement comes after the party conducted an informal meeting in Kohima to felicitate the five candidates who won the election in Manipur.
Earlier, the NPF congratulated Chief Minister Biren Singh led BJP and had expressed hope that the formation of a new Government “will work steadfastly for the development of the Manipur State, particularly the Hill Areas”.
Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tendered his resignation to the Governor on Friday.
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