Cracks resurface in State BJP unit

DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/13/2021 12:46:05 PM IST


Cracks have resurfaced in the Nagaland state BJP unit with at least nine district and organisational presidents threatening to resign if the party central leadership failed to urgently intervene into the crisis within BJP Nagaland by the end of February 2021.
In a reminder to BJP national president JP Nadda, the district and organizational presidents said they had on many occasions submitted representations to the central leadership seeking urgent intervention into the crisis.
The signatories included Phek unit president Nücütso Rüho, Wokha unit president Yanthungo Kikon, Aboi (org-dist) president Esnu, Peren unit president Ringsangai John Panmei, Mon unit president Nyawang Konyak, Noklak unit president P Demo, Tuensang unit president T Chongshon Chang, Kohima unit president Seyiekhrielie Nagi and Kiphire unit president Hobbs S Thonger.
They said that in all their petitions they had “listed out and made clear the arbitrary and duplicitous functioning of our State President and his henchmen”. They also said that they had put forward appeal for implementation of the ‘one man, one post’ principle in Nagaland as the incumbent state president was a Legislator and Minister with many important portfolios to look after and cannot provide time to party Karyakartas from all levels.
Further, the signatories said they had also warned that if the party was to face the next State general elections 2023 under the present presidentship, the party’s “historical tally” of 12 MLAs in the present Assembly would reduce to single digit. They said their warnings stand vindicated to a degree by the November 3, 2020 by-election results of 60 Pungro A/C where BJP candidate lost by a huge margin.
Since the present situation of party in Nagaland was of grave concern, the signatories said they were “convinced that the time has come for us to make good on our declaration as mentioned above.” They, therefore, said that failure to urgently intervene into the crisis by the end of February would compel them to resign from their posts though they would “remain loyal party Karyakartas in the future too.”
‘Along will continue’
Correspondent adds: Against the backdrop of the nine district presidents of state BJP party demanding removal of state BJP president Temjen Imna Along, a party source said that Along will continue as president and complete his term.
The source justified that the Central leadership, by empowering the president with more responsibilities and assignments was an indication that removal was not going to happen. 
If the Central leadership did not want Along to continue as president, then he (Along) would have been asked to step down rather than giving more responsibilities, the source said, adding that the president has been discharging his duties with all sincerity and dedication.

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