Mokokchung, Oct. 9 (EMN): After securing 12 out of the 20 seats contested in the recently concluded Nagaland state assembly elections, the BJP national general secretary and political in charge of NE and Jammu and Kashmir, Ram Madhav announced that “the next target of BJP is to form our own government here in Nagaland.”
He was addressing the 7th State Executive Meeting of BJP Nagaland at Town Hall in Mokokchung on Oct. 9. The meeting was attended by BJP ministers, advisors, chairmen and leaders from all frontal wings from both state and district level.
Madhav said that party contested in 20 seats and won 12 seats in the recently held state general election, ‘which showed that the party had secured 16% of the popular votes in the state.’ He claimed that though BJP was branded as a hard-line Hindu party, the people of Nagaland have ‘wholeheartedly welcomed’ the party, helping it to emerge as one of the strongest parties in the state.
“BJP is not an opportunistic party but a popular and national party. In politics, the party wants to expand its growth and does not need permission from other parties,” Madhav asserted. He was referring to why the BJP had unshackled its decades-long alliance with the NPF before the recently concluded state general election.
He also stated that ‘the BJP has today stretched its long roots in all the districts of Nagaland and has become a party for all the people which brings joy and great responsibility to the people.’
In this connection, he asserted that as a ruling partner in the state the party will grow through its performance and advised that for the growth of the party, it need a committed discipline party and a party consisting ‘accountable leaders.’
Encouraging the BJP MLAs and party workers to strengthen its influence in the state, he asserted that the BJP wants to capture power to serve the people with accountability and provide stable government to the people.
He also reminded the party workers that the party should respect the mandate given by the people and help the new PDA government that came into existence recently ‘to run smoothly and maintain a good relationship with the ruling partner NDPP.’
“BJP wants a stable government for the development of the state and the party is committed to the alliance,” Madhav asserted.
He also said that at the national level, they give importance to securing victory in Nagaland and the central government has an ‘attachment to develop Nagaland’ and solve the decades-long Naga political problems.
He also launched the BJP Nagaland website. Earlier the deputy chief minister, Y Patton had asserted that it was BJP government in Delhi who first recognised the uniqueness of Naga history. He also added that BJP is a political party and has no issue or attachment to any religion. He informed that the central government was ready to sanction ‘the railway projects’ in the state.