Naga talks are in advanced stage: Ram Madhav
Kohima, September 15: The edgy BJP has set an election tone in the state with the coming of party’s bigwig Ram Madhav to meet the party functionaries.
The saffron party’s secretary, who is in-charge of the Northeast landed at Kohima this afternoon to prepare for the ground works for the 2019 country’s general elections. Madhav also met 12 party legislators, apart from meeting party functionaries.
His visit was also important at a time when the party is facing disgruntlement due to sidelining of some of the senior party leaders. But he said party would try and accommodate those who have been left out during the restructuring of the party set-up.
“I will also meet the Chief Minister,” he said.
Asked whether the BJP will set-up its own candidate in the parliamentary election, Madhav said his party will discuss the matter with the partners of the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA).
The saffron leader who had landed here from Manipur said his visit was to assess the overall situation in the State, including the damages caused by the rain.
He said he wanted to assess the damages caused by the rain and see how best the Union Government could extend support. He said BJP government is ready to support the people who are in need of help.
“I have come to take stock of the general situation,” he added.
On Centre’s proposal to extend Article 371A to other States where Naga people are inhabited, Madhav said for an acceptable solution all stakeholders should be taken into confidence. “Settlement should be acceptable to all,” he asserted.
He said talks are in advance stage and that solution could come anytime. “We are hoping to get solution soon,” he added.
But he said solution should be worked out for all stakeholders. He said situation is favourable for the settlement with the Naga militants groups, particularly the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) as there are BJP governments in the neighbouring States.
“We can reach for the settlement without delay. Very sincere effort is being made to arrive for a solution”, the BJP leader said.
On skyrocketing of prices of fuel, the BJP Secretary said BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has managed to bring down inflation to its record low and that prices of all essential commodities have come down.
But he said Union Government is also trying to bring down the prices of fuel with the cutting of Value Added Tax (VAT) in some BJP ruled states.
He admitted that the Centre is unable to manage the prices of fuel and has become a challenge to the BJP led NDA Government. “We are seized of the current matter. We are hopeful of controlling the prices of petroleum” he said.
Madhav was accorded a warm welcome at the heliport by State Unity Party President Imna Along, along with Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton, Health and Family Welfare Minister, S. Pangnyu Phom and several party functionaries. (Page News Service)