Morung Express News
Mokokchung | October 9
BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav today stated that the party has “taken strong roots all over Nagaland,” and said that its next target should be to install its own government in the state.
He said this during the Nagaland state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s 7th executive meeting at Town Hall Mokokchung, which was attended by delegates from all districts of Nagaland, state and central BJP leaders, and other BJP functionaries.
While stating that the BJP is not an opportunistic party, Madhav took a jab at the opposition NPF by reasoning that politics is not charity and that political parties want to strengthen their base and grow. He claimed that the NPF restrained the BJP’s growth in Nagaland prompting the latter to forge a pre-poll alliance with the NDPP on a seat sharing basis.
Madhav challenged the state BJP to “capture power to serve the people.” He, however, said that the BJP was a party of discipline and accountability, and said the party ought to “grow through our performance.” He also said that the BJP was committed to finding a solution to the Naga political problem and expressed optimism that a “solution will be found very soon.”
Madhav further espoused the BJP’s commitment to the ENPO areas.
Nagaland BJP President and Minister for H&TE, Temjen Imna Along Longkumer said that the election of 12 BJP legislators was unprecedented and the “beginning of a new BJP” in Nagaland. While congratulating his party workers and functionaries on the “new resurgence of BJP in Nagaland,” Longkumer claimed that more BJP legislators could have been elected to the assembly “if not for issues which I would not like to talk today.”
He also encouraged the BJP functionaries to be active in the grassroots. Later, the Minister declared that two new “political districts” of Aboi in Mon and Mangkolemba in Mokokchung would be created for better political manoeuvring and that the state BJP would also institute an Ex-Servicemen Cell. It was also declared that the state BJP would hold its executive meeting once every three months, with the next meeting at Noklak.
‘Express highways and railway from Thelma to Tizit’
Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton in his address informed that the central government is ready to sanction funds for construction of express highways and railway from Thelma, Peren district to Tizit, Mon district, provided that all the affected districts provide NOCs.
Regarding the rail link construction from Dimapur-Zubza, Patton informed that the contractors have assured the government for early completion of the railway construction.
He meanwhile said that the BJP was “”neither anti-Christian party nor a Hindu party, but a political party for all Indians and committed to development.”
Organizing Secretary North East In-charge, Ajay Jamwal; and Nagaland Minister, P Paiwang Konyak were the other leaders who also addressed the meeting. BJYM, Mahila, ST Cell, Kissan Cell and Minorities Cell as well as the 12 districts presented their reports during the meeting. The meeting also passed a 7-point resolution which was presented by P Paiwang Konyak and approved by the house by show of hand.
The resolutions included support for an expeditious solution to the Naga issue through the peace process; commitment to the NDA’s developmental agendas; commitment to the BJP’s pre-poll alliance with the NDPP; reiteration of development through “good governance and reformist vision”; support to the secular character of India; and commitment to “nationalism and national integration, keeping in mind the value-based politics to serve the people of the state.”