Dimapur: Even though the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allied with other parties to form the government in the last assembly elections in the state, senior leaders of the saffron party in Nagaland are planning to go it alone in the next elections.
As the BJP is trying its best to strengthen its position among the masses in Nagaland, the state unit of the party has already moved the party high command to get maximum seats in seat-sharing arrangement with its possible alliance partners in the coming elections.
Both BJP and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) are the prominent alliance partners in the one-and-a-half-year-old state government. However, senior BJP leader and deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton, while addressing a party workers’ meet in Dimapur in presence of party national general secretary Ram Madhav, state unit BJP president Temjen Imna Along and many others, demanded the party high command to make future seat-sharing arrangement in such a way that the party candidates get maximum seats to contest in coming elections.
Addressing a BJP meeting on “Article370 Sampark Abhiyan and Jan Jagaran Abhiyan” at Tiyi Hall Wokha recently, Yanthungo Patton said that if the ongoing membership drive of the party crosses the 3.5 lakh mark, then the party high command should review the seat sharing arrangement with other like-minded parties in coming election.
In last assembly election, BJP contested in 20 seats while NDDP gave tickets to candidates in 40 seats in the 60-member Nagaland House. Out of this, BJP won in 12 seats while NDDP succeeded in 18 seats.
“I would like to request our general secretary Ram Madhavji to inform party high command that in next election, if we make pre-poll alliance, BJP should get 40, if not 60 and alliance partners should get 20 seats only,” Patton said amid applause from other party leaders, including president of Nagaland unit of BJP, Temjen Imna Along.
Referring to election results in the last assembly election, the deputy chief minister said, “They (NDDP) could manage to get simple pass mark only. However, we got first class marks.”