Sunday, August 14, 2022

Too early to speculate on NDPP-BJP seat sharing: Imna Along

Staff Reporter

State BJP president and minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along on Saturday said it was too early to speculate anything about seat sharing with the NDPP for 2023 Assembly elections.
Though the Central leadership was committed to the current alliance with NDPP (40:20 seat sharing formula), Along said things would be made clear at the right time.
Speaking to Nagaland Post on the sideline of the State BJP Executive meeting here at IMC Hall, Dimapur, Along further said that the party was yet to discuss about seat sharing with the NDPP. He was of the view that nothing was definite as the final call will be made by the Central leadership.
After the recent merger of 21 NPF legislators, the ruling NDPP now has 42 legislators in the 60-member House.
As reported earlier, the recent merger has all the more created an uneasy within the BJP over the 2018 pre-poll seat sharing pact of 40:20 between the NDPP and BJP. With NDPP considering two independent MLAs as part of the party, this will obviously mean NDPP will have 42+2= 44 ticket aspirants.
NDPP will now have to contend with the claims of all 44 for NDPP tickets. This would arithmetically mean that BJP will have only 12+4=16 seats.
Meanwhile, delivering the presidential address at the State BJP Executive meeting, Along, while referring to the seat sharing issue, called upon the party workers to remain steadfast as the Central leadership would decide on what was best for the party.
Along also urged party workers to give ear to the whispers of the political wind in the state, and also tune their minds in line with the directives of the Central leadership, instead of the state giving them the directives. “We need to listen to the whispers of Nagaland and hear the voice of our central leaders”, Along stated.
Acknowledging the active participation of all morchas at every booth level, Along stated that BJP was emerging to be a socially active political party, connected to the grassroots level, whilst carrying the visions, programmes and directives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national president JP Nadda at all levels.
He also maintained that a good government in the state should be like a government in the kingdom of God, where Christian principles should be followed.
4-point resolution
At the meeting, the party adopted a four-point resolution, among which the State BJP unit unanimously resolved to extend full support to the BJP led government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulate the successful eight years completion of the Modi government.
The party also resolved to activate membership drive across the State, with objective to strengthen BJP Nagaland State at all levels.
The State BJP karyakartas firmly resolved to stand and abide by the directives of the Central leaders in every political aspect.
With the creation of new administrative districts– Tseminyu, Shamator, Chümoukedima, Noklak and Niuland, the house resolved to propose Central BJP HQ for creation of new district BJP office in the newly created Districts.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by state BJP vice president Kavili Achumi and invocation offered by associate pastor DABA, Imnatoshi Longkumer, while lighting of lamp was initiated by state BJP president Temjen Imna Along and colleagues, and welcome address was delivered by advisor for power Tovihoto Ayemi.


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