Sarma was replying to a question on whether the North Eastern states were able accept the cultural ethos of BJP that is dominated by the mainstream Hindi heartland cultures and issues like eating beef or cow slaughter have become a major area of cultural confrontation recently.
“Cultural ethos is private to each state and region, and collectively as NEDA (North East Development Alliance), and as a party (BJP), we support diversity,” Sarma said when the questions were put to him at press conference at the BJP headquarters here on Monday.
Sarma, a senior minister in the Sarbanand Sonowal government in Assam, is here to attend a one-day conclave of the NEDA where chief ministers of states ruled by BJP and its regional allies will be attending and also the senior leaders of the parties, to be held here on Tuesday. This is second conclave of the NEDA after the first meeting that was held in Guwahati in July 2016.
Apart from jointly acting on the development of the north eastern region, the meet is also to plan for a strategy to oust Congress and Left regimes from the remaining three states in the region that go to election in 2018. BJP plans to overthrow the CPM government headed by chief minister Manik Sarkar in Tripura that goes for assembly polls in early 2018 along with Meghalaya which has a Congress run government as well as the Congress regime in Mizoram where polls are slated for November 2018.
Source : timesofindia