BJP has nothing to do with religion — Patton
“We want to form a solid BJP government in Nagaland where there will not be any religious issues”
Easter Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Aug. 31 (EMN): Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton on Saturday claimed that the BJP as a political organisation has nothing to do with religion.
Speaking at the third academic assembly session of Janjati Shiksha Samiti Nagaland (JSSN) at Kevijau village in Dimapur, Patton further claimed that the Congress and the NPF in Nagaland are “finished.”
“They couldn’t handle us, so it is their political propaganda to say BJP is for a particular religion,” said Patton.
He also added that, it was during BJP’s rule in India that the uniqueness of the Naga history was recognised and declared by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“We want to form a solid BJP government in Nagaland where there will not be any religious issues,” said Patton.
He thanked the JSSN for carrying out various activities to promote education; social, cultural and community development in the state.
The deputy chief minister added that one of the most important benefits of education is ‘how it improves personal lives and helps society run smoothly.’ He said that if any tribe or community remains deprived of education, it will suffer.
He added that every child needs education and getting quality education is the legitimate right of all children no matter which social or economic background they are come from.
He urged the Jan Shiksha Shamti (Nagaland) to set up its institutes in the interior parts of Nagaland. “They don’t even know what a school is; if the JSS can set up in those remote places, nobody will object to it,” said Patton.
During the programme, Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along also acknowledged the JSSN for encouraging children to learn and participate in various activities.
According to him, it would come as no surprise if people start saying that there is an attempt to ‘change the culture through BJP.’
“That is not true. We want to encourage our culture, beliefs and we want it to grow. We are an inclusive society and the day we respect all cultures, then we will be more vibrant,” said Along.
He also urged Naga parents to send their children to JSS institute without hesitation. “If it is able to bring up children in the field of education, we should encourage that,” said Along.
He further urged the public to dispel all assumptions and presumptions about the BJP.
“If all Nagas learn to help each other, then acquiring the right knowledge and education will be at our doorstep,” maintained Along.