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Kohima, July 2: Breaking his silence on the move of 10 district and organizational presidents to remove him from the State BJP presidentship, Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along today said that it was his prerogative as president to reassign party leaders.
Replying to queries from media persons at State BJP Headquarters here today, Along said Nagaland has 14 district unit – 11 official districts and 3 organizational districts – and in politics and in party this kind of things are not new.
“I don’t think they have challenged the seat. They just want to know how strong the seat is,” he said.
Asked on the reason of removing the sitting BJP Phek unit president, he said the word “removal” is wrong as we have assigned him to be the State executive member in the State level party.
“Reassigning him is my prerogative as the State president and reassigning him was never dictatorial or autocratic,” Along said while elaborating that the party has assigned district in-charges among the State office bearers and also datas to follow.
BJP is a high command party and we have our approvals in the right way to reassign anyone, and his (Phek BJP president) reassignment was also done with the approval from party higher ups, he said.
“We will come back stronger… more stronger than ever before. Our organization will penetrate deep into the whole state and work hard for our people, no matter what the controversies are.”
Asked about Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton saying that the BJP national leaders will be arriving in Nagaland soon to resolve the issue, Along said our central leaders come all the time and they can come any time without much ado, be it with the intention of resolving the issue.
Asked the party’s view on Governor R N Ravi’s June 16 letter to the Chief Minister, he said the State Cabinet has already met the Governor on June 19 last and shared their minds and about how the State is performing better and discussed at length on the issue with him.
Regarding Governor’s accusation in his letter, Along said “he has to look from the perspective of the situation that is prevailing with us for the so many years”.
He, however, was of the view that “we have to make him understand this is how Nagaland is and that is why he is there as Governor and interlocutor to give us solution. We are under ceasefire and Framework Agreement is going on, while GoI has accepted them and negotiating with them for a solution”.
Disturbed Area Act
On the Central Government extending Disturbed Area Act in Nagaland for another 6 months, the BJP president said the situation now is different but “we still have very precarious situation and therefore it is the wisdom of the Centre to extend the Act.”
Asked whether the State Government in which BJP is a coalition partner had send any representation to the Centre asking not to extend it, Along said nothing of such has been discussed by the State Government. (Page News Service)