Front is a group­ing of 11 North-east par­ties

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - BIKASH SINGH

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.

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