JDU dissolves Nagaland unit as lone MLA, state chief support NEDA govt

Nagaland JDU president Senchumo Lotha and his party’s lone MLA Zwenga Seb met the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio on March 8.

| Updated: 09 March, 2023 6:21 pm IST

Janata Dal-United (JDU) dissolved its unit in Nagaland after its lone MLA, and the state party chief decided to pledge support to the Neiphiu Rio government.

Nagaland JDU president Senchumo Lotha and his party’s lone MLA Zwenga Seb met the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio on March 8. After this meeting, he handed over his letter of support to the NDPP-BJP coalition government.

Seb won the Tse Minyu seat in the recently concluded state elections, defeating his nearest rival RPI (Athawale) candidate Loguseng Semp by 2,563 votes.

JD (U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh said the party learnt about the MLA’s move on Wednesday and promptly took action.

“We came to know about the letter of support by the lone JDU MLA on Wednesday and it was done without our consent and prior information. This is highly objectionable and tantamount to high discipline. We decided to dissolve the state unit immediately and will soon constitute a new committee,” said Lalan Singh.

The JD (U) president also lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party, accusing the party of luring its lawmakers. “They earlier did the same thing in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur as well. The Nagaland MLA handed over the letter of support when the party decided not to have any alliance with the BJP,” he added.

JD (U), which hoped to qualify for a national party status on the back of its performance in the Northeast, could win only one out of seven seats it contested. Meanwhile, its home-state rival LJP (Ram Vilas) led by Chirag Paswan, made an impressive debut by winning two seats in the state.

Voting took place in the state of Nagaland on February 27, after which the BJP-NDPP alliance emerged as the winner, scoring 37 seats out of the total 60 seats.

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