Nagaland Becomes First Opposition-Less State In India

Guwahati: Nagaland has now become the only state in India to have no opposition in the state assembly as the government has turned into an all-party government.

This happened after Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator YM Yollow Konyak was sworn in as cabinet minister on Wednesday.

Apart from Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, his cabinet colleagues, and Chairman of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) T.R Zeliang were present at the swearing-in.

A few months ago, all the ruling and opposition parties in the state came together to form India’s first opposition-less, all-party alliance government to take forward the Naga political issue between the centre and Naga outfits, and various other groups.

Notably, the single largest party in the state — Naga People’s Front (NPF) with 25 MLAs, had in July last year decided to join the Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government supposedly for the Naga political issue in pursuance of the objective of ‘one solution, one agreement.’

These parties involved in five-point resolution last year had maintained that they will aim at promoting the Naga peace talks with a positive approach to find a political solution at the earliest.

Interestingly, this is the second time that the northeastern state will have an all-party government. The first such government was seen in 2015 when eight MLAs of the opposition Congress had merged with the then ruling Naga People’s Front.

Sentinel Assam

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