The Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government headed by Neiphiu Rio on Thursday survived a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition parties in the assembly.
Seventeen opposition Congress and two JD-U members in the 60-member house voted for the motion and 23, including the ruling Nagaland People's Front (NPF) and BJP voted against, Speaker Kiyanlie Peseyie announced.
Nine dissident NPF members, also voted for the motion, but their votes were declared invalid by Peseyie for defying the party whip.
Yesterday, Peseyie had debarred three Independents from taking part in the voting saying they had supported the NPF and were now wanting to side with the Congress.
The opposition members shouted slogans and walked out of the house after the voting.
The no-confidence was brought citing deteriorating law and order, price hike of essential commodities and the continuing fratricidal killings between the NSCN factions.
Yesterday, the DAN government had received a jolt when six MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker alleging the administration of indulging in corruption, nepotism and depriving the people right to development.
The members also met Governor K Sankaranarayanan and apprised him of the political development.
The ruling alliance has 37 members -- 33 of NPF and four of BJP. The Congress has 16 members.