Friday, August 19, 2022

Was not consulted on seat sharing: Patton

It appears that the announcement of continuing with the 2018 seat sharing arrangement between NDPP and BJP for the 2023 assembly election was decided at some level and without the consent or knowledge of most party members.
The announcement was signed by NDPP secretary general Abu Metha and strangely BJP in-charge of Nagaland, Nalin Kohli. Several BJP workers here said that the announcement should have been signed by State BJP chief Temjen Imna Along.
State deputy chief minister Y. Patton has expressed unhappiness for being kept in the dark over the decision. According reports in the media, Patton said while the decision was the prerogative of BJP central leaders, yet state BJP workers should have been consulted before making such a decision. Patton termed the joint statement issued on Tuesday merely just a “statement” which did not project the final outcome of seat-sharing with around six to seven months before the assembly polls.
Patton, who is currently in Delhi, said he will return and “discuss” the issue with state BJP workers. Patton, who is also the BJP legislature party leader, felt that Nalin Kohli should have kept him in the loop while deciding on the seat sharing formula.
He maintained that state BJP legislative karyakartas have not been consulted). “If the central leadership has taken the decision, I have no comments but still, we need to discuss this issue,”Patton said.
Patton told Nagaland Post that he was not aware of the development that took place on July 26. However, BJP being a national party, Patton said the decision must have been taken in the interest of the State BJP and added that the state unit would abide by the decision of the Central leaders.
Meanwhile, many State BJP party workers have expressed disappointment against the seat sharing announced, as most of them were in favour of the party contesting all 60 seats in the 2023 assembly polls.
Though several leaders went on damage control mode to pacify the grassroot level party workers to not go against the decision, it was learnt that a meeting of BJP mandals have been convened this week to deliberate on the matter before taking any decision.
It may be recalled that in the 2018 election the NDPP won 18 of the 40 contested, while BJP won 12 of the 20 contested. NPF, which contested 58 won 26 seats.


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