Meghalaya: BJP will take over NPP soon, says Congress

Guwahati: All India Congress Committee (AICC) media coordinator Bobbeeta Sharma claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would soon swallow up the NPP.

Speaking to the media on January 19, Sharma along with Matthew Anthony claimed that the saffron party entered Assam by piggybacking on the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and that it later came close to swallowing it.

”The National People’s Party (NPP) will have a similar fate,” both the leader added.

Moreover, Congress criticised the BJP for being silent about the corruption in the MDA Government and accused it of discriminating against minorities.

Anthony further claimed that the BJP did not appreciate regionalism and that the regional MDA members had aligned themselves with the BJP out of fear rather than affection.

” If you refused to fall in line with them (BJP), then the CID and ED will be knocking at your doors the next day and this is why the regional parties feel threatened,” he added.

On the other hand, Sharma said that BJP state president Earnest Mawrie had accused the MDA of corruption but had not pursued the allegations seriously.

”The BJP didn’t carry out any investigation apart from talking about corruption,” she added. 

Anthony and Sharma agreed that Meghalaya needs youthful policymakers, which is why the party is running young and inexperienced candidates.

Meanwhile, Earnest Mawrie asserted that the saffron party is prepared to run candidates for all 60 seats in the forthcoming state election.

The state president claims that the likelihood of obtaining the seats, which total barely 10-15, is extremely slim.

“These 10 to 15 seats are project seats ….and the winning possibility is high in these seats”, said Mawrie while speaking to reporters in the city on January 19.

Mawrie added that while the party anticipates gaining more seats, those victories must be consistent with a party-conducted internal poll that found that the likelihood of the party winning more than 10 to 15 seats is low.

Notably, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has set the election’s date for February 27 and the counting date for March 2.

The notification for the elections will be issued on January 31.

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