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State BJP merges with NPF
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (NPN)
Published on 19 May. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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:In a major development, that has taken many by surprise and adding to the BJP’s cup of woes in the aftermath of the shocking defeat at the 2009 elections, the entire state unit of the party in Nagaland including its two legislators, have unanimously resolved to merge with the ruling NPF as a sequel to the DAN coalition aligning with the Congress-led UPA at the national level. This announcement was made at a hurriedly convened press conference at Hotel Saramati here Monday evening by state BJP president Ato Yepthomi and BJP legislators- M.C.Konyak minister of forests and Yangthungo Patton, parliamentary secretary geology and mining –in the DAN government. “Today we had state executive meeting, with both the (BJP) legislators, and after thorough deliberation our party have resolved to merge with the NPF in order to strengthen the hand of our chief minister and DAN coalition,”Ato Yepthomi said. Stating he had sincerely served the BJP in Nagaland for twenty years, Ato said he had to take the decision in the greater interests of the people of Nagaland. Attempting to throw light on the reasons behind the sudden turn of events, Forest minister, MC Konyak, while acknowledging the “magnanimous” effort rendered by national party leaders towards the state and state party however said “ it is unfortunate that in spite of our faith and confidence on the national leaders they were unable to fulfill the wishes of the party people throughout the country…” Konyak was of the view that successive failures to get the mandate for two terms was “too much” for the party followers of a small state like Nagaland. “Today what steps the party had taken is due to compelling circumstances,” Konyak said while adding that they would not forget the magnanimity of the NDA leadership. “We hope that the step taken by us due to compelling circumstances will be understood and appreciated by one and all,” the minister said. The resolution jointly passed by state BJP leaders said that they have merged with NPF in the interest of the safeguarding secularism and promoting development in the state of Nagaland consequent to the clear verdict given by the Indian electorate during the general elections to the 15th Lok Sabha, The resolution was signed by minister, MC Konyak; parliamentary secretary, Y Patton; party president Ato Yeptomi; party treasurer Basu Damani; secretary, Shikuto Sema and executive members. State chief minister’s press secretary, Abu Metha, who was also present at the declaration meet said NPF has welcomed the development and expressed confidence that the merging of BJP state unit would add to the stability of the government. He maintained that the stand of DAN coalition was to take decision in the state and in the interest of the people. Meanwhile, political observers speculate that the next development would be unwound in New Delhi as DAN partners meet with Congress leaders.

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