Following the two-day visit of BJP National General Secretary (Org) B L Santhosh in Nagaland to take stock of preparations for the upcoming 2023 general assembly elections, speculations were being made of anti- incumbency in at least seven constituencies held by the BJP.
BJP National Spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon speaking to Nagaland Tribune (NT), dismissed all rumours and termed it as “mere speculations”. He said, in the entire discussions held during the visit of B L Santhosh there was no such discussion held of voting out or not issuing tickets to seven sitting MLAs of BJP.
He clarified saying, “…our national general secretary conducted series of meetings to prepare the party workers for the next election and in this connection, we have a very robust system; we reviewed the booth level committee set ups of our party. We also thoroughly discussed the situation of the 12 BJP MLAs and their constituencies. In the entire discussion, we also looked at what can be done and ‘examples’ were taken of seven constituencies and how we fair in those seven constituencies of the sitting MLAs. There was no such discussion as to dropping them or not giving them tickets. These are just mere speculations,” and added that the party believes in thorough preparation and decisions based on data.
While preparations for the 2023 general Assembly elections have begun here in Nagaland, the saffron party has exuded confidence of performing well in the 2023 general elections.
“If you look at our performance of 2018, we have out of 20 seats got 12 and the confidence of that performance continues, and in the days to come with our alliance partner we are sure to see through the elections,” said Kikon.
BJP National General Secretary (Org) B L Santhosh arrived at Nagaland for a two-day extensive tour program from 25 August to 26 August to take stock of preparation for the upcoming general assembly elections 2023.
He met all the party functionaries from all the districts including the mandal presidents and all the ex-parliamentarians, intending candidates and the entire BJP Karyakartas of Nagaland. He had also planned to go to Tuensang to attend the district executive meeting and Pughoboto for Mandal meeting. However due to the weather conditions it was cancelled, informed Kikon.