The outcome appears to be in BJP’s favour as NPF leader Neiphu Rio quit the party and is poised to join the newly-formed NDPP and become the joint CM candidate.
The four are home minister Y. Patton, school education and parliamentary affairs minister Tokheho Yepthomi, PWD (roads and bridges) minister Neikiesalie Nicky Kire and environment minister Neiba Kronu.
An internal crisis in the party began in July after 36 NPF MLAs joined chief minister T. R. Zeliang’s camp to oust the then chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu.
The NPF said Acharya owes people an explanation about what “extenuating circumstances prompted him to support a legislators-sans-party set-up.”
Guwahati HC stayed Nagaland governor’s directive to chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, after the latter argued the that directive was unconstitutional.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Sources say the chief minister has been in talks with the BJP to move with his supporters to that party if the pressure on him to resign heightens further.
With the BJP trying to make inroads into the state, a tough balancing act lies ahead for the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance too.