The Janata Dal (U) Nagaland unit under the leadership of state agriculture minister G Kaito Aye, along with the party’s state executive members, office bearers and former candidates formally merges with Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Kohima on Monday.
They all formally merged with NDPP in the presence of state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, its president Chingwang Konyak and other senior leaders.
A statement issued to the media by the ruling party’s media and communication committee stated that the JD (U) members led by Kaito had decided to ‘officially merge with NDPP in order to strengthen the PDA government and to further uphold and expedite the ongoing Framework Agreement’.
While welcoming the JD (U) members into its fold NDPP said it was confident that all confusions and rumours floated by its political rivals would be put to rest since the PDA Government has become more stable to work for the betterment and welfare of the people of the state.
With the JD (U) MLA joining the NDPP, the strength of NDPP in the 60-member state Assembly has gone up to 21 while its alliance partner BJP has 12 MLAs.
An Independent legislator also supports the NDPP-BJP alliance government.
While assuring to continue its commitment of good governance, the ruling coalition also said that it is committed to provide stability to the government.
While welcoming the the JD (U) into its party fold, the NDPP also said that it looked forward to working hand in hand with the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
The ruling party also sought the support and cooperation of the people of Nagaland in all its endeavours in bringing all-round development for them.