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Ebb & flow in State BJP’s tea-cup


Kohima Bureau
KOHIMA, JUNE 29: The BJP high command is unlikely to change the guard in Nagaland as the State general elections are one and half year away.

There was a section of people who had demanded for change of guard, levelling allegations on President, Temjen Imna Along. The Central leaders seemed to have not taken the demand seriously, though some senior saffron leaders in the State too were not in favour of incumbent leader. Recently there was installation of new guards in Assam and Manipur but Nagaland remained untouched.
Party insider here also said party high command was very unlikely to replace Temjen as elections are not far away, and that they cannot afford rift in the party.
Some district presidents have been protesting against the President slamming him of being autocratic and financial mismanagement. The 9 district presidents had first petitioned Ram Madhav, the then BJP national general secretary on June 25, 2020, for change of party president who was re-elected as state unit chief in January 2019.
Last year 4 petitions, dated July 19, August 20, August 28 and September 5, were then sent to Party President at the centre to intervene and resolve the problems within the Nagaland BJP unit. The dissidents had sent 2 more petitions, one each to Dilip Saikia, BJP national general secretary, on October 12, and to Kohli, on December 3 with similar pleas.
Lotus spin-doctors here maintained that cry for removal of Temjen has melted, but one source said still all is not well inside the BJP’s kitchen. “As long as leaders are united there is hope for the party. Things seem to coming together”, a senior BJP functionary said.
“Central leadership will decide. Whereas here at home the storm is cooling down, though officially they have not withdrawn their letters”, another senior party leader said.
State unit of BJP spokesman, Samuel Chisho opined that party in the State should reconnaissance their position and prepare for the 2023 general election with all available resources. He said time is right for the party leaders to re-evaluate the situation and prepare for the elections.
Expressing regret over the party’s record of leadership crisis, he said on a positive note, that such crisis would make the party leaders stronger to face any situation for the success of the party. “It prepares us well to stand more firm in our spirit of unity”, he added.

“When I look at its positive side it is alright because such situation only makes ourselves more alert, individually and builds our relationship more stronger as a party”, the party spokesman said.
Meanwhile, a bit early to assess the political situation in Nagaland, but saffron leaders said they may not go alone in 2023 poll also. In last general election BJP contested in 20 seats, through seat sharing formula with NDPP.
(Page News Service)