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Deputing Menon for ‘training’ shows BJP is serious about Nagaland polls

Nirendra Dev
NEW DELHI, JULY 8: BJP national secretary Arvind Menon has landed in Dimapur to kick-start the party’s much talked about ‘Booth Sashaktikaran Abhiyan’ training programme.
Deputing Menon for the task shows the party high command is taking next year’s Assembly polls in Nagaland ‘seriously’ and that the saffron party will be keen to form government of its own.
‘Booth Sashaktikaran Abhiyan’means strengthening of party’s hold at the booth levels.
Lately, key leaders have been deliberating on pre-poll ‘seat adjustment’ alliance with NDPP but in probability the party will go to the electoral fray on its own.
The ‘offer’ of 20 seats by NDPP leader and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is not acceptable to the saffron party whose leaders argue strongly that in 2018 the party’s strike rate was much better than the NDPP’s and even the NPF’s.
Contesting only 20 seats, the Lotus party had picked up 12. This time around, it is eyeing 30 plus to win and could end up contesting at least 50 constituencies.
However, sections of party leaders both at the State and at the central level are aware of organisational weaknesses as in last four and half years, some permutations and combinations prevented BJP’s organisational growth in the State.
Between the NDPP and the BJP, of course it is a well known fact each of them can grow only when the partners suffers nosedive decline.
A section of BJP leaders have alleged from time to time that Chief Minister Rio has ‘influenced’ things in BJP and thus shrewdly prevented or stalled the organisational growth of the BJP despite the fact that the saffron party is in power since 2018 in the Rio-led alliance Government.
Several of its leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and the BJP Ministers hold important portfolios.
Arvind Menon is known for his no-nonsense approach and has successfully handled the party’s election strategies and organisational matters in key States such as West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
In Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Menon was co-in-charge for Uttar Pradesh on the eve of the Assembly elections earlier this year.
Unlike in 2018 when training was held at Guwahati, this time around the BJP leaders have organised things at the State and district levels.
Moreover, the training has been organised at Dimapur to start with.
Menon has also handled West Bengal polls in 2021.
The BJP State unit is now awaiting early appointment of a new president for the party in Nagaland.