Kohima (PTI): Benjamin Yepthomi was on Monday appointed the new president of the BJP Nagaland unit with immediate effect, a party official said.

Yepthomi, 45, replaces Temjen Imna Along as the new BJP Nagaland unit president.

"BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda has appointed Benjamin Yapthomi, as state president of Nagaland, BJP," stated an appointment order issued by BJP National general secretary and headquarters in charge, Arjun Singh on Monday.

Yepthomi has held various posts in the party organization. After serving the party as the state BJYM president for two consecutive terms he was made the vice president of BJP Nagaland in November 2021.

Taking to X, Yepthomi expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and national general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh for giving him the responsibility to serve as the state BJP president.

"It is an honour and a privilege to continue serving the world's largest political party and the people," he wrote.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and outgoing BJP state president and minister Temjen Imna Along congratulated Yepthomi for being the new BJP president of the state.

Extending hearty congratulations, Rio on his X handle wished him a successful tenure.

Rio also extended good wishes for further success to the outgoing president Along.

Deputy CM and BJP Legislature Party leader, Y Patton said that Yepthomi has served the party holding various positions and is a hardworking karyakarta.

Patton expressed hope that with his vast knowledge of party affairs, his organizational skills and experience, Yepthomi would lead the party to greater heights.

Outgoing president Along congratulated Yepthomi and said, "Your vision and commitment will take BJP Nagaland to greater heights."

He wished him a successful tenure ahead.

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Bengaluru/Chennai (PTI): Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin is likely to appear before a Bengaluru court on Tuesday for his 'eradicate Sanatana Dharma' remark.

The court had issued a notice to him based on a petition filed by a social activist Paramesh.

According to sources, Udhayanidhi left for Bengaluru on Monday night.

Udhayanidhi, who holds the sports and youth welfare portfolio, is the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and ruling DMK chief M K Stalin.

Speaking at a conference in September 2023, Udhayanidhi said that Sanatana dharma is against social justice and equality and should be 'eradicated'.

The statement drew widespread condemnation from various quarters