The voting to elect the 60-member Nagaland Assembly will be held on Tuesday amid tight security arrangements. 59 out of 60 constituencies will go to polls today as the election in Northern Angami II constituency will not take place as incumbent MLA Neiphiu Rio was the only one to file nomination from the assembly seat and hence declared winner unopposed. The Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the BJP are contesting the election in the alliance, while the Congress is in unofficial talks with the Naga People's Front (NPF) for a post-poll pact in a bid to keep the BJP-NDPP out of power.
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In Nagaland, the BJP's hope hinges on its alliance partner Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of Neiphiu Rio which is contesting 40 seats. The BJP is fighting 20. In fact, the NPF and the BJP were having an alliance till recently. But just before polls, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the ruling NPF dissolved their electoral alliance.
The Congress, which has given three chief ministers to Nagaland, is contesting only 18 seats, two less than the BJP.
In the Christian-dominated state, while the prominent churches body has openly asked voters to reject "communal" Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the saffron party's new ally, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), defended its partner stating that it's not a "religious body". In order to woo Christian voters, both the BJP and the Congress have offered a free or subsidised trip to the holy land of Jerusalem if the parties are voted to power in Nagaland.
There is a palpable apprehension regarding the BJP as it is seen as a party supporting "Hindutva" that has "communal agenda". The incumbent chief minister TR Zeliang also expressed the same concern regarding the BJP while stressing that otherwise his party, the Naga People's Front (NPF), has no problem having an alliance with the saffron party.
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|NPF||38||45||Election Date : Feb 27 2018|
Counting: Mar 03 2018
|Total||60||59 (1 Vacant)|