Front is a grouping of 11 North-east parties
The North-East Regional Political Front, a grouping of 11 regional political parties, on Tuesday said it has empowered Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio to explore options to help form a stable government at the Centre.
This comes a day after most exit polls commissioned by TV news channels predicted the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA securing a majority in the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls. The move also follows a meeting between the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and North-East Regional Political Front (NERPF) leader PA Sangma in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar.
“There is a strong desire for change,” Rio, who is the chief convener of NERPF, said referring to the exit polls.
The NERPF includes Asom Gana Parishad of Assam, Nagaland’s rul- ing Naga People’s Front and Meghalaya’s National People’s Party. While the Naga People’s Front has announced its support for NDA, Sangma’s National People’s Party is already a member of NDA. Asom Gana Parishad and BJP had fielded candidates against each other in this Lok Sabha election after the two failed to stitch a pre-poll alliance. “We have around 11 parties in our forum, every party will decide if it wants to join NDA or not,” Rio said. “I will consult everyone before taking any decision. We will win some seats in northeast. We have better days ahead of us.” NERPF has initiated the process of drafting a common minimum programme for the region. “Northeast India is one component, we have a Doner (Development of North Eastern Region) ministry, and we are one. Therefore, there is need for a common minimum programme for the region,” Rio said.