Did not demand Kaito’s ouster from Cabinet: BJP

Did not demand Kaito’s ouster from Cabinet: BJP
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Kohima, June 26: The Nagaland BJP has washed its hands from the allegations threatening its alliance and big brother NDPP to drop G Kaito from the Cabinet and also on the filing of a PIL for protection of non-Nagas in Dimapur.
Interacting with media persons at his residence today, Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along, who is also the president of Nagaland BJP refuted the statement of JD(U) that the party had asked NDPP to drop Aye from the Cabinet.
JD(U) Nagaland president Senchumo NSN Lotha had claimed that ahead of defecting from JD(U) to NDPP, Minister Kaito had gained the sympathy of the ex-candidates of JD(U) saying he had to join NDPP as BJP had been threatening NDPP to drop him.
But the State BJP president claimed that there has been no such move from the party because “we are happy that out of the 12 BJP MLAs, six are cabinet ministers while six others are advisors in the government”.
Even if we ask for his removal there was no chance of the ministerial berth being given to us, and therefore we have not made any such demand, he clarified.
Reacting to the JDU claim that Kaito Aye had tried to join BJP and therefore met the BJP national secretary in-charge of North East, Ram Madav twice, Along said he was not aware of any such meetings.
Asked whether the BJP has been asking for reshuffle of portfolios in the Government, he said “we will be happy if the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio does make some changes”.
‘On PIL’
Also reacting on the news reports of BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay filing a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court for protection of non-Nagas in Dimapur district, the State BJP president said “we are not aware of any BJP leader by such name”.
Stating that his party does not have any involvement in the filing of PIL, Along said “there is no one by the name Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in the State party unit and also at the national headquarters.”
He appealed the person involved in the issue to withdraw the PIL saying that it may become the bone of contention and hamper the common aspirations and endeavour for a long lasting early solution to the prolonged Naga political issue. (Page News Service)