Guwahati: Friction within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nagaland reached its peak with at least nine of the 12 district presidents threatening to quit the party if no action is taken over their demand to replace the incumbent BJP state president, Temjen Imna Along.
In a letter to BJP National President JP Nadda on Friday, the party leaders reiterated their request for the removal of Along, stating: “Duplicitous functioning of our State President and his henchmen who are resorting to undemocratic practices at all levels of our party organization to cover up his mismanagements and failings, which is bogging down the functioning of our party at the organizational level and damaging the good image of our party in the State as a whole (sic).”
The letter to Nadda has been signed by 9 BJP district presidents, including Nucutso Ruho from Phek, Yanthungo Kikon from Wokha, Eshu Konyak from Aboi, Tingsangai John Panmei from Peren, Nyawang Konyak from Mon, P Demo from Noklak, T Chongsen Chang from Tuensang, Seyiekhrielie Nagi from Kohima and Hobbs S Thonger from Kiphire district.
The letter, reviewed by EastMojo, says that failure to address the crisis within BJP Nagaland by the end of February will “compel us to put in our resignations from our posts even though we will remain loyal party Karyakartas in the future too.”
In 2020, state BJP leaders submitted a memorandum and several follow up letters to the then National General Secretary and BJP’s North East in-charge Ram Madhav, seeking replacement of Along and speedy intervention into the issue.
The leaders have highlighted failure of the party under Along’s leadership on bye-election results of 60 Pungro assembly constituency, where the BJP candidate lost by a huge margin.
The leaders said that if they were to contest Nagaland State Elections in 2023 under the present president, the number of BJP MLAs would reduce to single-digit against the current tally of 12.