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Kohima: The Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) has unanimously elected Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio as its legislature party leader and he is likely to meet Governor Nikhil Kumar soon to stake claim for forming the next government in the state, NPF leaders said yesterday.
While Rio’s Naga Peoples Front (NPF) — the main constituent of DAN — has won 38 seats, other partners — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal-United bagged one seat each, taking the total strength of the ruling alliance to 40, or two-thirds in the 60-member House.
“A meeting of the party legislators have unanimously re-elected Rio as the NPF legislature party last night,” said Rio’s press secretary Abu Metha. “This followed another meeting with the DAN partners — BJP and JD (U). Rio was also elected as the leader of the DAN in the combined legislature party,” he said. “Rio’s name was proposed by veteran leader from Mon, Noke Konyak, and supported by Roads and Bridges Minister G Kaito Aye in the first meeting,” said Metha. IANS