BJP district presidents question removal without notice

BJP district presidents question removal without notice
BJP district representatives after the press meet on Sunday. (NP)
KOHIMA, Oct 11 (NPN): | Publish Date: 10/11/2020 12:37:05 PM IST

 Internal dissension continued to rock BJP Nagaland unit as three district presidents have now alleged that they were removed unconstitutionally by State unit president, Temjen Imna Along and demanded that Along resign in order to restore the party’s image.

Seyiekhrielie Nagi, Nucutso Ruho and T. Chongshen Chang who were removed as presidents of Kohima, Phek district and Tuensang district respectively on Sunday  told the media that eight district presidents of Kohima, Tuensang, Peren, Wokha, Kiphire, Noklak , Phek and Mon and one (Aboi organisation) president had demanded the removal of Along.

Seyiekhrielie Nagi said the current crisis began in April this year, claiming that due to the hardship and challenges faced by party workers in the districts, the district presidents decided to share their grievances with the State president and work for betterment of the party workers.  

However, when an appointment was fixed on behalf of the district presidents on May 28 this year, Nagi alleged that Along refused to meet them, citing the pandemic. Thereafter, they met deputy chief minister Y Patton to share the grievances of party workers, he added.

“It was in his second tenure as president, that we came to know who he (Along) was, so we decided to start a movement seeking his removal from the post of party president,” he explained. 

However, in a short span of time, Phek district president was also removed, followed by Tuensang and Kohima district presidents. 

Mentioning that he was removed as the district president on September 28, Nagi said they were not appointed by the State president but elected by election commission constitutionally. He alleged that new office-bearers were appointed without district president’s recommendation as per the party norms and out of his own will.

Nucutso Ruho, who was also removed as Phek district president on June 23, questioned his removal without any official notification and alleged that he was unceremoniously removed by the State BJP president.

Ruho also said that he was elected as district president as per the party’s constitution and elections conducted by the returning officer.

Asserting that the party’s image would be damaged if Along continued to be the State president and suggested that he should gracefully resign from his position.

T Chongshen Chang alleged that he was removed from the post verbally without any information on August 27 by Along. He explained that as per norms of the party’s constitution, there should be a committee to take disciplinary action and serve show cause notice, after which the committee decides whether to remove or retain an individual. But he alleged that the State president removed him out of his own free will.

As state president, Chang suggested that Along should go through the BJP’s constitution. 

Meanwhile, a delegation from BJP’s Central headquarters is likely to meet the district party leaders on Monday to resolve the party’s internal crisis.

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