New Delhi: Nagaland would be the first state where the BJP and JD(U) would fight the coming Assembly polls together after the Nitish Kumar led party joined the NDA in Bihar last year. Party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would campaign in the state extensively where it has just one MLA in the current Assembly, sources said.
Polling would be held in Nagaland on February 27 and results would be out on March 3.
Mr Kumar, who would be in Delhi on January 27, would hold discussions with party members as well as former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who has quit the Naga People's Front and joined the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party last evening.
Mr Rio, who was being courted by both the BJP and the Congress, might be finally aligning with the NDA after meeting BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, sources said.
"We are talking to both Mr Rio and the Naga People's Front led by Chief Minister T R Zeliang. Alliance would be finalised on January 27 during Mr Kumar's visit to the capital," JD(U) National Secretary General K C Tyagi told this newspaper.