Former Samata Party chief joins BJP
Dimapur, December 9
Former president of the Nagaland unit of the Samata Party N Hotongse Sangtam has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday. The decision to join the BJP was ‘necessitated’ from what Hotongse said was his observation that there were no ‘good political leaders’ to lead parties even after having worked in more than four political parties during past two decades.He was confident that a national party such as the Bharatiya Janata Party would bring about changes. The former Samata Party leader said he will ‘try to bring development for the people.’
Sangtam claimed that the BJP was not a “Hindu oriented” party as “propagated by some people without proper knowledge about the party’s manifesto”. Stating that during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government at the center under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it had sanctioned ‘more than Rs 1000 crores to Nagaland for development and economic uplift’. He alleged that “nothing has been done till today” in spite of the funds.
“So with much understanding and thorough study about the political background for future, I came to the conclusion that only a national party like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can bring about changes and will never die in generations to come,” the former Samata Party leader said.
Appreciating the way of the BJP, Hotongse said he was proud to be an active member in the party and congratulated the state BJP unit officials. He has further endorsed the candidature of Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of the country.