BJP-NDPP alliance gains another seat after EC reverses result in Tenning constituency

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The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has gained a seat in Nagaland after the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday reversed the result of the Tenning Assembly constituency. With this, the total number of seats in support of the alliance has gone up to 32 — one more than the majority mark of 31 in the 60-member Assembly.

An order signed on Sunday by EC Secretary Arvind Kumar said a tabulation error made by the Returning Officer on Saturday led to the declaration of N.R. Zeliang of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) as the winner of the Tenning constituency instead of Namri Nchang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

On Saturday, the ruling NPF and its allies won 30 seats; and the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), comprising the BJP and the NDPP, had secured 29 seats.

The correction on Sunday gives the PDA an edge as the alliance on Saturday had added the support of an Independent, and the lone winner from the Janata Dal (United), which had inked an alliance deal with the NPF and the National People’s Party (NPP) ahead of the counting day.

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