DIMAPUR, March 10 - Outgoing Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has dismissed BJP leader and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma�s contention that Manipur Naga People�s Front (NPF) is a �different registered party.�
Zeliang said NPF has its Central Office headquarters in Kohima like their BJP national office in Delhi. �Manipur NPF is a unit like BJP unit in Nagaland,� he asserted adding they cannot take independent decision on their own.
When asked how it would be possible to form a government in Nagaland without NPF when they (NPF) are part of the BJP-led Government in Manipur, Sarma had said, �Manipur NPF is a different registered party.� It would not affect their BJP-led Government in Manipur, he said and added that they would continue to have them (NPF) in Manipur Government.
The BJP on March 5 severed its 15-year-old ties with NPF and decided to form the new government in Nagaland with its pre-poll alliance Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).
Meanwhile, Zeliang has assured full support to the new government in all its initiatives that involved the larger interest of Nagas, apart from playing a constructive role of an opposition in furthering the overall cause of the Nagas.
The NPF has also decided to take the election result of Tening Assembly constituency in Peren district to court. NPF candidate NR Zeliang, brother of TR Zelaing, was first declared winner after the counting was over on March 3. But a �tabulation error� in counting was detected and review of the result was conducted.
On reviewing the tabulation, rival NDPP candidate Namri Nchang was found to have polled 168 votes more than the NPF candidate and he was declared winner on March 4.