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Pre poll worries bubble up for Nagaland BJP

MARCUS KANYAK

DIMAPUR: Even after the major political parties have fielded candidates for the February 27 Nagaland assembly polls, worries bubbled up for BJP. The ruling party at the Centre hits a major hurdle in the pre poll political landscape as soon as the central leaders struck poll deal with NDPP at the instance of Neiphu Rio.

 State BJP president who is also heading the poll affairs Visasolie Lhoungu is believed to have shot off a letter to the central leaders opposing the deal. Party sources told Assam Times Lhoungu has been dead opposed to the deal.

“The party leadership at the Centre has done it at the instance of Rio. Never they have talked to Lhoungu. Still we have time to have the second thought. If the Central leadership remain firm we are not responsible for any impending dent in the party’s poll prospect,” said a senior state BJP leader.       

He said, ”NDPP has no influence in the grassroot level . Why we need to buy band name by striking poll deal with this unknown or less known party. After all, we are quite disappointed.”   

Another BJP leader who refused to be named said,”we are not aware of the deal. Never they have taken us in confidence. We got to know these on Saturday only when Rio and Kiren Rijiju held a press conference in Guwahati. Is it the way?”  

Amid utter confusion and disappointment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are expected to campaign in the state next week.

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