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BJP is ‘pan-India’ party: Madhav

BJP is ‘pan-India’ party: Madhav
Ram Madhav with state BJP functionaries and legislators at Town hall, Mon on Saturday.
Correspondent MON, MAR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/23/2019 12:03:47 PM IST

BJP general secretary (in-charge of NE), Ram Madhav on Saturday stated that the BJP has become a true pan-India political party and accepted by the people, despite being tagged as party popular only in the cow belt areas of Hindi heartland.

He said BJP has members of parliament from all the union territories and states, except Kerala. This showed how people have accepted leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added. Addressing the State BJP’s 8th executive meeting cum state convention here at Mon town hall Mon, Madhav exuded confidence that the BJP will return to power

Even though Lok Sabha elections was just around the corner, Madhav said people have already come to know which party will form the government and who will be the next Prime Minister, as it was evident that people around the country have been chanting “Modi… Modi!”.

To prove his point, Madhav claimed that when Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited Hyderabad to attend a meeting with high tech software engineers, he (Rahul) was welcomed with the chanting of Modi’s name. Similar incident happened to Priyanka when she went to Varanasi to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Madhav claimed.

He went on to take a dig at Congress, saying the party which claims to be the oldest political party has representatives (Lok Sabha) from only 16 states out of 29 states.  Even the entire North Eastern states, is either ruled by the BJP or NDA allies, he added.

Unlike the past, Madhav said not a single year used to pass without incidents like agitations, terror attacks, clashes among castes etc. However, after BJP came to power under the leadership of PM Modi, he claimed that not a single terror attack had taken place.

“We have created a terror free India. We have ensured a violent free India and united India, a strong and secure India,” he asserted. 

“Earlier, the terrorists used to infiltrate into India from Pakistan, but now we are now going to the terrorist occupied area and attacking them,” he said, hinting at the Balakot surgical strike.

Madhav further urged the party functionaries to reach out to the people to make known the developmental works carried out by the party under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.

In his keynote address, BJP legislature party leader and deputy chief minister, Y. Patton stated that the BJP had decided to hold its state executive meeting at Mon, in line with the party’s firm belief in giving equal opportunity to all districts. He said the presence of Ram Madhav and national secretary (Org NE) Ajay Jamwal at a remote corner of the state, showed their commitment and concern for the people of the state.

Patton was optimistic that the PDA government in Nagaland will complete its full term under the dynamic leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio. 

He further urged the party men to work hard and strive for the victory of the PDA candidate for Lok Sabha, Tokheho Yepthomi.

Also addressing the gathering, state BJP president Temjen Imna Along briefly highlighted the struggles/hurdles faced by the then leaders at both national and state level, and credited them with bringing the party to where it is now. Such achievement is due to the hard work, dedication and focus of the party members, Along said. They will not be forgotten and the party will remain forever indebted to them, he added.

With the presence of BJP units in all the 60 constituencies, Along was confident that the party would work hard for the victory of PDA consensus candidate and sitting M.P, Tokheho Yepthomi.  

In his brief address, Tokheho highlighted about the Naga issue where he said that despite signing of the cease-fire agreement 22 years ago, the UPA government had no record of having any progress/negotiation. However, after BJP came to power and under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the ‘frame work agreement’ was signed, which was now in advanced stage, he stated.

Highlighting the need for proper connectivity, Tokheho assured to take up road infrastructural issue on priority with the central government, if he was re-elected.

He also appealed to Ram Madhav to convey to the Prime Minister the urgent need to resolve the Naga political issue at the earliest.

Short speeches were also delivered by BJP legislators. 

Earlier, the executive meeting was chaired by state general secretary K. James Vizo, welcome address by BJP minister, Paiwang Konyak. The state convention was chaired by state general secretary Jaangsillung Gomei and the vote of thanks was pronounced by state BJP secretary L. Khevishe Sema.

6-point resolution adopted

The state BJP party adopted a six-point resolution during the executive meeting cum state convention on March 23. 

To strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA at the Centre and chief minister Neiphiu Rio in the state, the state BJP resolved to work whole heartedly for the success PDA consensus candidates for Lok Sabha- Tokheho Yepthomi and Sharingain Longkhumer for the 26 Aonglenden by-election.

On Naga political talks, BJP, while appreciating the negotiating parties for coming to the advanced stage of conclusion, reiterated its stand for early settlement talking all on board for an acceptable and honourable solution. The party also urged upon Naga leaders and intellectuals of the BJP not to remain just as facilitators, but to take proactive role in bringing a peaceful and permanent solution to the long pending Naga issue.

State BJP also resolved to give priority to all round development of the state and protection of people’s welfare, faith, and culture.

The party re-affirmed its commitment to the pre-poll partner (NDPP) and other post-poll partners under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio, who was “bestowed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018 during Tuensang Public rally.”

It also sought strict implementation of all developmental schemes and programmes in every corner of the state and also to adapt Narendra Modi’s ideology of becoming ‘chowkidar’ to check corruption and developmental activities.

Asserting that Nagaland is of the Indian union, state BJP said everyone is an Indian and the law of the land bind everyone in one accord. The state BJP also condemned and denounced all acts of terrorism from within and outside India.


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