Demand for ouster of state BJP chief

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/30/2020 11:59:40 AM IST

After a short truce brokered by the party’s central leadership, dissidence has once again surfaced in Nagaland unit of BJP over the leadership issue. According to reports, some district presidents of the party launched a poster campaign in their areas seeking removal of State BJP president Temjen Imna Along. 

A twitter post showed photos of Peren, Tuensang, Noklak, Kiphire, Kohima, Phek, Wokha, Mon, etc, district presidents, besides Aboi subdivision, holding placards that read “Will not undertake any party activity unless the president was removed”, “No to liars, we want president with principles”, etc.

Earlier, 10 district and organisational district presidents of BJP had demanded replacement of Along after accusing him of being dictatorial, autocratic and not being transparent in financial matters, besides demanding implementation of one man, one post.

In a memorandum to BJP’s national general secretary (Org) Ajay Jamwal, the district presidents also pointed out certain allegations against the incumbent State president. However, after a meeting in Delhi in mid-July, Jamwal claimed before Nagaland Post that there was no issue within the State BJP leadership and that the “miscommunication” between the leaders had been resolved, adding that there won’t be any change in the leadership.

On the memorandum submitted by the 10 district presidents, he assured that the central leaders of the party would take a call when the time comes.

Meanwhile, when contacted, a party insider told this correspondent that if the State president had to be replaced at all, there were four/five potential contenders. However, he said so far there was no directive from the central leaders.

Another party member asserted that the party would function as usual but admitted that dissent among certain district presidents were growing louder.

According to him, the district presidents were given a false hope that they could impeach the State BJP president, “which they actually cannot”. He recalled how in the past signatures were appended and protest rallies were held with slogans and banners to remove previous presidents, but all of which failed, predicting that the current move too would meet a similar fate.

Pointing out that never in BJP’s history had a State president been removed, he asserted that Along would remain as the State president because he was “constitutionally appointed” for the tenure 2020-23 on January 13 this year in the presence of party’s central leaders.


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