DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 28: Virtual revolt from local leaders has left the Nagaland unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wobbling perilously as a cornered Temjen Imna Along, the party president in the State, seeks to thwart yet another attempt to dislodge him from the seat.
Two weeks ago, nine district and organisational presidents had written to BJP national president JP Nadda, seeking the ouster of Along by the end of February. That deadline ended today.
It was followed by a letter to the BJP leader in charge of Nagaland, Nahil S Kohli, from six office-bearers of BJP Mokokchung district, the incumbent BJP Nagaland president’s home turf.
The six district leaders, comprising three vice-presidents and three secretaries, had sought replacement of Along.
After the content of the letter was published in the newspapers, they were promptly issued a show cause notice on February 26.
On Sunday, the six district leaders namely vice-presidents Nukshi I Ozukum, T Nukshi Jamir, Watitemsu and secretaries Lanuyanger Longkumer, Tekanungla and Alepla Chang, asserted that their demand to replace Along was simply to enable smoother functioning of the party in the district.
In a clarification, they stated that the BJP Mokokchung district president Imolemba Jamir, general secretary S Moa Imsong and district secretary Lanutoshi “were very much present” at the February 22 meeting where the need to replace the State’s party president was “discussed threadbare for more than two hours”.
“It must be understood here that this issue had been festering since 2020 and this issue is gravely hampering the functioning of the BJP Mokokchung district. As such, the district officials were asked to write down their names if they endorse the replacement of the incumbent State BJP president. The undersigned officials endorsed the decision to replace the State president.
“Therefore, the undersigned officials are shocked that the BJP Mokokchung district has issued a ‘show cause’ notice whereas the issue had been discussed thoroughly at the February 22 BJP district office meeting,” they stated.
The dissident officials also maintained that their letter to the BJP Nagaland in-charge was self-explanatory and contained all the relevant reasons for taking their stance.
“Therefore, the stance of the six BJP Mokokchung district officials was in consonance with the February 22 meeting. Our stance was also taken in the best interest of the party in Mokokchung district since the State Assembly elections is fast approaching and the BJP ought to be prepared for the upcoming elections.
“Very shockingly, when the undersigned officials went to attend the ’emergency meeting’ called on February 26, we were unceremoniously asked to vacate the hall without giving us any chance to clarify about the developments in the party functioning,” they stated, while expressing hope that the clarification should suffice as everything was done with full knowledge of the BJP Mokokchung district officials.
(Page News Service)