Imna Along re-elected BJP State president

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/14/2020 11:03:14 AM IST

Minister of Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along was re-elected as BJP Nagaland president for 2020-23, while Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways & Land Resources, minister P Paiwang Konyak was elected to party’s national council member.

The duo was elected by an electoral college comprising State council members in the presence of two BJP national observers – national general secretary Saroj Pandey and Bihar MLA Nitin Nabin – at Hotel Saramati here on Tuesday. The declaration of the result was followed by a press conference wherein BJP State general secretary James Vizo briefed the media about the election procedure and said declaration of the national president would be made within a week or two. He said Along was the ninth State president of the party who would be working as a full-fledged president as Along served as ad hoc State president during the last tenure. Vizo said nominations were received from two candidates – Dr Sukhato A Sema and Along – for the post of the BJP State president. And following a consensus within the party, the central leaders nominated Along to the post, he added. The election of the president was conducted as per the process and procedure of the party election system, James said.

Meanwhile, Along congratulated Konyak for being elected as the national council member and would now representing Nagaland in Delhi. He also thanked all State, district, mandal and morcha office bearers for reposing their trust on him. He asserted that, as State president of BJP, he would work “consistently, persistently and relentlessly” for the uplift of Naga people in particular and BJP karyakartas in general, besides creating better understanding between the party’s central and State units. He claimed that BJP, like any other political party, was a secular and democratic party having its ethos and principles on nationalism. 

Mentioning that the new office bearers would assume office soon, Along assured to continue working relentlessly for development, progress and prosperity of Nagaland. Furthermore, he thanked all ministers, advisers of BJP and elected members for supporting him in all possible ways, adding he looked forward for “good innings”. Referring to the two vacant seats in Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) caused by the recent demise of 60 Pungro Kiphire A/C legislator T Torechu and NLA speaker Vikho O Yhoshu, Along said as both BJP and NDPP were part of the PDA alliance, the principles of coalition would be kept in mind while deciding on fielding candidates for the by-polls to the two vacancies.

He stressed that as far as BJP was concerned “we will stick to the PDA alliance and fight the election with that spirit alone”.

Along also took to twitter and said: “2019 was a productive year for us, we changed the things that we thought we never could and also we achieved things which we never thought were possible. I thank all the district presidents, council members and all party Karyakartas for imposing faith on me.”


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