Nagaland: BJP struggles with seat sharing formula due to high number of ticket aspirants

The Bharatiya Janata Party is in a messy situation in Nagaland as a result of the large number of NDPP ticket hopefuls and former legislators who are eager to run in the next assembly elections.

Nagaland: BJP struggles with seat sharing formula due to high number of ticket aspirants

Local leaders rushing to secure party tickets for the impending assembly elections is an issue for the BJP in Nagaland. Outside the mansion of deputy chief minister Y Patton, displeased supporters vented their fury.


The Bharatiya Janata Party is in a messy situation in Nagaland as a result of the large number of NDPP ticket hopefuls and former legislators who are eager to run in the next assembly elections.

BJP legislator party leader Y Patton's Dimapur home was swarmed by supporters of an aspirant candidate, who also staged a protest there. The supporters arrived as Patton and state BJP president Imna Along were in a meeting.

A seat-sharing agreement between the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the BJP has been reached, with the NDPP slated to run for 40 seats and the BJP for 20. On February 27, elections will be held for 60 seats in Nagaland.

The finalized seat-sharing mechanism between the BJP and the NDPP for the 2023 election allocates 20 seats to the BJP and 40 to the NDPP. For the elections in 2023, several state-level BJP leaders have asked for either 25 (BJP) and 35 (NDPP) or 30-30. This demand has been denied by the BJP high command.


Due to the throngs of enraged supporters of unsuccessful ticket candidates and those who battled for the BJP ticket but were refused seats, the situation within the BJP has gotten worse.

In front of Y Patton, the Dimapur-based deputy chief minister of Nagaland and head of the BJP legislative, supporters of one BJP candidate gathered on January 22 to hold a protest. They want the election of their candidate. Reports claim that Imna Along, the state BJP president, and Patton were in the middle of a discussion at the time when the candidate's outraged supporters stormed the structure.

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