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People have rejected NPF: Madhav

People have rejected NPF: Madhav
Ram Madhav (File)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, OCT 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/9/2018 12:05:38 PM IST

BJP national general secretary, Ram Madhav on Tuesday asserted that the people of Nagaland have rejected the NPF in the last election. The mandate of the people should be respected and ensure that the ruling PDA coalition government is allowed to run smoothly, he said.

Speaking at the BJP Nagaland state unit’s 7th State Executive meeting at Town Hall here, Ram Madhav affirmed that pre-poll alliance with the NDPP and others would be maintained in order to maintain a stable government in Nagaland.

Taking a jab at the opposition NPF with which his party was in alliance in the previous government, Madhav said that politics was not charity, saying political parties want to strengthen their base and grow. He claimed that NPF restrained BJP’s growth in Nagaland prompting the latter to forge a pre-poll alliance with NDPP on seat sharing basis.

Making the stance of the BJP clear, Madhav challenged the state BJP to “capture power to serve the people.”  He, however, said that the BJP was a party of discipline and accountability, adding that the party ought to “grow through our performance.” 

Claiming that BJP has “taken strong roots all over Nagaland”, BJP national general secretary congratulated the state BJP on being in the ruling PDA government. He said BJP attaches “great importance” to the party’s “victory” in Nagaland. Madhav expressed confidence that the party’s next target should be to install its own government in Nagaland. 

Earlier at the meeting, Ram Madhav launched the official website of the State BJP. Delivering his presidential address at the meeting, Nagaland BJP president and minister for H&TE, Temjen Imna Along Longkumer, said that 12 BJP legislators being elected to the present NLA was unprecedented, adding that it was the “beginning of a new BJP” in Nagaland. 

Encouraging party workers, state BJP chief said party was for development and that it was upon the workers to let the lotus bloom in every nook and corner of the state. He also urged the BJP workers to be active at the grassroots level, saying state BJP would try to bridge the gap between rural and urban Nagaland. 

Later, he declared that two new “political districts” of Aboi in Mon and Mangkolemba in Mokokchung would be created for better political maneuvering. He also said the state BJP would also institute an ex-servicemen cell. It was also declared that state BJP would hold its executive meeting once every three months, with next meeting scheduled at Noklak.

In his address, Nagaland deputy chief minister Y. Patton, who is also the leader of BJP legislature party, said that BJP was neither anti-Christian party nor Hindu party, but a political party for all Indians and committed to development. He reminded that it was former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee who recognised the uniqueness of Naga history in 2003.

Regarding rail link construction from Dimapur-Zubza, Patton said the contractors have assured the government for early completion of railway line.

He said the central government was ready to sanction funds for construction of Express Highways and railway from Thelma, Peren district to Tizit, Mon district provided all the affected districts provide NOC. 

In this regard, he appealed to all the affected districts to provide NOC and receive the better development. Organizing secretary north east in-charge, Ajay Jamwal and Nagaland minister P Paiwang Konyak also addressed the meeting. 

The meeting was attended by delegates from all the 12 districts of Nagaland, state BJP central leaders, state BJP legislators and other BJP functionaries. The meeting also adopted a seven-point resolution.


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