NDPP and BJP are sharing seats in the ensuing Assembly election of Nagaland.
Visasolie Lhoungu, president, BJP Nagaland state in his speech called upon the party workers to work hard in the true spirit of alliance partner and at the same time build better coordination to ensure victory of the alliance candidates.
NPF spokesperson Sebastian Zumvu said the party was surprised by their candidate's decision, while there was jubilation in the NDPP-BJP, which has forged a pre-poll alliance and now has one seat in their kitty ahead of the February 27 elections.
He was again elected from the same seat in 1993 as Congress candidate and was appointed a minister.
"Rio, who is representing the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), was elected unopposed after the NPF candidate withdrew from the contest", said Nagaland chief electoral officer Abhijit Sinha. "But he must have realised his chances were very slim", he said. However the activities of the government were not acceptable to many as the targeted beneficiaries of many welfare schemes were deprived of benefits and thus compelling people to act like the Opposition. Rio's opponent, NPF nominee Chupfu-o, withdrew his papers.
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A member of the powerful Angami Naga tribe and considered to be the tallest political leader in Nagaland in the present day, Rio was first elected to the state Assembly in 1989 as a Congress candidate from Northern Angami-II constituency.
On being asked about the general apprehension about the alliance between NDPP and BJP, Rio said the church will definitely have apprehension because of whatever is happening around the country.
Meanwhile, a total of 195 candidates are in the fray after 32 candidates withdrew their nomination papers on Monday.
He again won from the Northern Angami-II seats in 2008 and 2013 and became CM.
The party also acknowledged the sacrifice of Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu for vacating his seat for Rio.