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Crisis deepens in BJP Nagaland: 9 Dist presidents reiterate State president’s removal

Temjen Imna Along

Kohima, February 13: The crisis within the Nagaland State BJP has deepened with at least nine BJP district unit presidents, including three removed ones, threatening to resign from the party, while also expressing fear of facing debacle in the 2023 State elections under incumbent president, Temjen Imna Along.

In a letter addressed to the BJP National president J P Nadda, the nine BJP district and party organizational district on Friday said on June 25, 2020, they met Ram Madhav, the then National general secretary, NE in-charge and submitted a memorandum with seeking replacement/change of BJP Nagaland State unit president Temjen Imna Along.
On 19/07/2020, they again approached the National president on the same matter, and again petitioned Nadda on August 20, 2020 to speedy intervention to the problems within BJP Nagaland; on August 28 submitted a reminder for speedy intervention and on September 5 for urgent intervention to the crisis within BJP Nagaland.
They also petitioned Dilip Saikia, National general secretary on October 12, 2020 regarding BJP Nagaland internal crisis, and Nalin Kohli, National spokesperson & I/c Nagaland on December 3, 2020 praying for urgent intervention into the crisis within BJP Nagaland.
“We had listed out and made clear the arbitrary and duplicitous functioning of our State President and his henchmen who are resorting to undemocratic practices at all levels of our party organization to cover up his mismanagements and failings which is bogging down the functioning of our party at the organizational level and damaging the good image of our party in the State as a whole,” they said.
Also reiterating their appeal for implementation of the ‘One Man, One Post’ principle in Nagaland, they said the present State president Along is a legislator and minister with many important portfolios to look after and cannot provide time to our party Karyakartas from all levels.
They also reiterated their statement that “if we (BJP) were to face the next Nagaland State General Elections 2023 under the present Presidentship, our party’s historical tally of 12 MLAs in the present Assembly will reduce to single-digits”.
“Our warnings stand vindicated to a degree by the November 3, 2020 bye-election results of 60 Pungro A/C where our party candidate lost by a huge margin managing just a distant third to Independent candidates,” they said.
They said as loyal Karyakartas, rather than damaging the BJP party, they are prepared to resign from their posts as they are more concerned about the “glorious image” of the party.

“The present situation of our party in Nagaland being of grave concern, we are convinced that the time has come for us to make good on our declaration,” they warned, while informing Nadda that failure to urgently intervene into the crisis within BJP Nagaland by the end of February 2021 would compel them to put in their resignations from their posts even as they would remain loyal party Karyakartas in the future too. (Page News Service)