Kohima: In a major twist, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has decided to support the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) headed by the Chief Minister N. Rio in Nagaland. 

Accepting the leadership of Mr Rio, the NCP local unit opined to be part of government led by Mr Rio, said NCP National General Secretary North-East In-charge Narendra Verma.

Mr Verma said that after listening to the North East in-charge, the NCP National President took the decision to accept the leadership of Mr Rio. Earlier during a meeting, the newly elected MLAs and NCP local units had taken the decision to accept the leadership of Mr. N. Rio in the larger interest of the State of Nagaland. 

He said that Mr Pawar was duly apprised about the opinion of the Nagaland unit of the party.

The meeting of the local unit of the party had discussed in detail whether the NCP should be the part of the government or play a role of the main opposition party. The local unit , however had left it to Mr Pawar to take a final decision on the issue of becoming part of the government in Nagaland.

Mr Verma further said that the National President of the Party also cleared the proposed list of NCP Legislature Party Leader and his team.

As per the decision that took place in the first meeting of NCP Legislature Party on March 4 at Kohima, Er. Picto Shohe has been made Leader of the NCP Legislature Party whereas P. Longon has been made Deputy Leader of the NCP Legislature Party.
Similarly Namri Nchang is the Chief Whip of the party in the state assembly and Y. Mhonbemo Humtsoe its Whip.

S. Toiho Yeptho is the  Spokesperson if the NCP is Nagaland.

Meanwhile the National media coordinator of NCP, Navin Kumar reiterated that in the recently concluded Nagaland Assembly elections, the NCP NCP which contested on 12 seats got elected on 7 seats and on the remaining 5 seats it was at the runners position.

He said that the national president of NCP Sharad Pawar has taken the decision to accept the leadership of Mr Rio in the larger interest of the state of Nagaland.

With seven seats, the NCP was the largest party in the Assembly outside of the NDPP-BJP combine and had the numbers to claim the Leader of the Opposition position but with the decision of NCP to support Mr Rios government, Nagaland is marching towards Opposition-less government.