Nagaland, Mar 3: Janata Dal (United) Nagaland has decided to support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a stable government in the state. “This decision is taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict of the just-declared results of the conducted general election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly & also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance in Delhi,” JD(U) Nagaland said, reported ANI. Also Read - 'COVID Protection Trains': Congress Urges PM Modi to Arrange For Ferrying Migrants to Their Homes

Earlier, while indicating that the NPF may align with the BJP, Union minister and BJP in-charge for the state Kiren Rijiju had said that the party will form the next government in Nagaland with the help of the other parties. “The BJP will form the government in Nagaland with the help of other parties,” Rijiju told news agency PTI. (Also Read: BJP drubs Left in Tripura, gets invited to join govt in Nagaland) Also Read - PM Modi May Address Nation on Lockdown After Virtual Meeting With CMs

In the Nagaland Assembly Election 2018, the state headed for a hung Assembly with no party or pre-poll alliance having a majority. However, the BJP received an invitation from NPF leader and Chief Minister TR Zeliang to join the new government. Even though NPF emerged as the single largest party bagging 27 seats in Nagaland Assembly Election 2018, it fell short of expectations managing just 2 seats. Also Read - Ready to do Whatever Possible to Help: 'Good Friend' Modi Responds to Netanyahu's 'Thank You' For Hydroxychloroquine

The Narendra Modi-led BJP was part of the NPF-led government till the Nagaland assembly elections. The parties parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP. While the NDPP managed 17, the BJP bagged 12 seats. JD(U) won 1.

Hoping that the saffron party will form the next Nagaland government with it, Zeliang, earlier in the day, had said that the NPF continued to be a part of the North-East Democratic alliance led by the BJP. “We have not parted with the alliance. I hope BJP will join our government. I will welcome it if they join us,” the CM was quoted as saying by NDTV.

With agency inputs.