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BJP bats for postponement of delimitation exercise

BJP bats for postponement of delimitation exercise
Ram Madhav
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/25/2020 1:06:01 PM IST

The proposed delimitation exercise in Nagaland has drawn opposition from BJP, which has called for its postponement till the final Naga deal was reached and the next census. 

Confirming this, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said based on the recommendations of the party’s State president Temjen Imna Along and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, his party had recommended postponement of the delimitation exercise and hoped the central leaders would take an appropriate decision in this regard

In a brief interaction with a section of media persons on the sidelines of a virtual rally held at the BJP State office here on Thursday, Madhav said the party’s State president had recommended reconsidering the delimitation exercise and postponing it till a Naga political settlement was reached and the next census. 

On Naga political issue, the general secretary exuded confidence that talks would resume once the current situation normalised, adding that the BJP too was keen on the issue getting resolved.

15th FC to restructure recommendation:

To queries on financial position of the State, Madhav said the 15th Finance Commission would restructure the recommendations because of COVID-19 and States like Nagaland whose economy was under stress would be addressed through Central support.

He admitted that the pandemic had caused economic stress to many States, adding that small States like Nagaland were facing bigger challenges.

Madhav claimed that the Centre had already sanctioned funds under different heads and that money was available with the State government. Further, under the Rs 20-lakh crore Atmanirbhar Bharat package, many schemes were sanctioned for all States in the country and the schemes would benefit them, he added.

Mentioning that he had come to Nagaland to meet BJP legislators and chief minister Neiphiu Rio to take stock of the COVID situation, the general secretary attributed the rise in COVID positive cases to import, pointing out that the State’s tally was zero until a month back. He hoped that Nagaland would soon become COVID-free State.

 

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