Former BJP workers have clarified the statement with regard to a rejoinder issued by the NPF Longkhim-Chare published in a local daily during the party meeting in Longkhim town.
According to former general secretary, BJP Longkhim-Chare, Tsipongchem Sangtam and former president BJP Longkhim-Chare Selongkyu Sangtam, the former BJP Mendal Longkhim-Chare meeting was held to merge with the NPF on June 20.
The release also said that many former BJP workers were not willing to merge with the NPF but after much persuasion and deliberation, the former BJP worker meeting was fixed on June 20 which was the last meeting of the BJP Mendal Longkhim-Chare, adding that the 52 A/C Longkhim-Chare was one of the BJP strong hold in Nagaland, during which it was decided to have a joint meeting at Longkhim town with both the former candidates and NPF party workers.
NPF Party Longkhim-Chare in their statement which appeared in a section of the media refuted that former BJP worker without consultation took decision to merge with the NPF party.
The release however said “the question does not arise as for consulting with the NPF office bearers or leaders as the meeting was purely held for the then BJP party and it was for them to decide for the merger”.
The BJP unit also clarified that the request by the former BJP workers to president NPF Nagaland to induct at least a candidate/any other capable leader from the 52 A/C was genuine as far as Longkhim-Chare NPF representation to the central party office bearer and executive was concerned.
It said L. T. Sangtam former candidate represented the party as central executive member NPF Nagaland from the Longkhim-Chare and was appointed OSD to chief minister Nagaland in the rank of deputy secretary, and went on to state that as long as a person was paid by the government, he/she cannot hold a post in any political party, adding the party felt that there was no NPF central executive/state office bearer representing 52 A/C Longkhim-Chare.
Regarding issue of party ticket, it said it was decided by the central party higher authority to decide, and that it had no right to comment on the issue of party ticket to any body.
The former BJP members further requested the NPF-Longkhim-Chare not to take its statement in “negative side or in short sighted”, but look forward to join hands and strengthen NPF party to develop the area in the days to come.