United Democratic Alliance
AbbreviationUDA
Founded18 September 2021
IdeologyRegionalism
Political positionBig tent
AllianceNPF
NDPP
BJP
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Nagaland Legislative Assembly
60 / 60
Number of states and union territories in government
1 / 31

The United Democratic Alliance is a state-level political alliance in the Indian state of Nagaland.

Background

In the run-up to the 2018 Nagaland Legislative Assembly election, the ruling Naga People's Front split over whether to continue its coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party. A rebel group led by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio created the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party,[1] and the NDPP and BJP contested the election in alliance.[2] They won the election, and formed a coalition government under Rio, with the NPF serving as the opposition. The government was called the People's Democratic Alliance.[3][4][5]

Formation

On 22 July 2021, the NPF announced its intention to join the state government,[6] which was ratified by the PDA on 11 August, resulting in the formation of an all-party government. The NPF cited a shared need to resolve the "Naga political issue" and the ongoing negotiations with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim and other separatist groups as the reason for its decision.[7] The new government was initially called the Nagaland Unity Government, but Rio later announced that its name would be the United Democratic Alliance.[8] Several news outlets dubbed the new government "Opposition-less",[9] as all seats in the Legislative Assembly are held by constituent parties. The formation of such a government was criticised by some, with The Naga Rising calling it "a fraud on the people" and noting that there was already an all-party committee on resolving the Naga issue.[10] The Kohima District Congress Committee expressed similar views.[11]

Members

Party Current leader ECI status Legislative Assembly
Naga People's Front T. R. Zeliang State party
25 / 60
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party Neiphiu Rio State party
21 / 60
Bharatiya Janata Party Temjen Imma Along National party
12 / 60
Independents
2 / 60

See also

References

  1. ^ "Former Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio says he quit NPF after party severed ties with BJP, will join newly-floated NDPP – Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ "nagaland: Nagaland Assembly polls: BJP to join hands with NDPP | India News – Times of India". The Times of India.
  3. ^ Ghose, Dipankar (9 March 2018). "Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio takes CM oath, cabinet moves to rename Indira stadium". The Indian Express. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  4. ^ "All About Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland's Chief Minister For Fourth Term". NDTV. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  5. ^ March 8, P. T. I.; March 8, 2018UPDATED; Ist, 2018 18:50. "Senior politician Neiphiu Rio back as Nagaland CM". India Today.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Nagaland set for opposition-less all-party govt". The Times of India. 22 July 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  7. ^ Singh, Bikash (11 August 2021). "Naga People's Front joins government, Nagaland becomes opposition less". The Economic Times. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  8. ^ Rhakho, Reyivolü (18 September 2021). "Opposition-less government in Nagaland to be called United Democratic Alliance". Eastern Mirror. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  9. ^ Ambrocia, Medolenuo (18 September 2021). "Utd Democratic Alliance: Opposition-less govt a reality in Nagaland". EastMojo. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Opposition-less govt would be a fraud on people, says TNR". Nagaland Post. 5 September 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  11. ^ "KDCC ridicules opposition-less government". Eastern Mirror. 8 September 2021. Retrieved 1 October 2021.