Wednesday, October 5, 2022

BJP chief Nadda likely to visit Nagaland

Staff Reporter

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Jagat Prakash Nadda is expected to visit Nagaland during the third week of September.
According to BJP sources, JP Nadda is scheduled to inaugurate the State BJP office in Kohima during his visit. He is also likely to hold meeting with BJP karyakartas and legislators. Nadda is also expected to pay a courtesy call on chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
BJP sources said Nadda’s visit will be finalized once the final touch-up is done on the State BJP office.
Nadda’s visit comes close on the heels of the visit by national BJP general secretary (Organisation) BL Santosh. During his visit Santosh had also inspected the BJP office site. Santosh had reportedly been made to understand that BJP cannot go it alone contrary to the demand of some of its leaders.
The state party unit is also mulling the re-location of some of the 20 seats to other districts where it has better prospects. On this, score sources said Nadda could likely discuss the issue with the state party.
In 2018, BJP had contested 20 and won 12 seats in the following districts: Dimapur (2/2), Zunheboto (4/2), Mokokchung (2/2), Phek (1/0), Wokha (3/2), Mon (2/1), Longleng (1/1), Kiphire (2/1), Tuensang (2/0) and Noklak (1/1).
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) contested 40 and won 18 seats but after merger of other party MLAs (NPP, JDU), the party tally went up to 21. The in April 2022, 21 NPF legislators also merged with it and raised the tally to 42 MLAs.
The issue of seat sharing formula in 2018 is under contest since several of the 21 NPF legislators who merged with NDPP, had won against BJP candidates. In seats where NPF candidates won in 2018 against BJP but who are now NDPP legislators, ticket distribution could pose some problem.
Furthermore, the 21 MLAs had merged with NDPP on the assurance that they will be given NDPP ticket to fight the forthcoming election.
However, NDPP is sticking to the 40:20 arrangement and how it does that remains to be seen.
On the other hand, several candidates from both NDPP and NPF are making a bee line for BJP tickets.
The sources said BJP tickets will be issued on the basis of winnability and that it is also likely some sitting BJP legislators would be denied party tickets due to their unsatisfactory performances.
On whether party workers will hold any discussion with Nadda over such issues remains largely speculative. B.L. Santosh during his recent visit held consultations with party workers and other well-wishers to gauge the party’s prospects for the forthcoming assembly polls.
As reported, BJP sources said that the party high command could “review” the seat/ticket allocation and may not stick to the 2018 seat arrangement.
The BJP party high command has already assessed the political situation and taken note of all these issues after which a final decision will be taken at the appropriate time, sources said.