BJP is currently backing the NPP-led Democratic Alliance Government in Meghalaya, on Tuesday has announced that it will contest alone in the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections and field candidates on only two Parliamentary seats- Shillong and Tura.
The decision was taken during a meet, which was headed by BJP General Secretary in-charge of North East, Ajay Jamuwal and participated by state party’s workers and leaders.
Cabinet Minister and party’s state leader AL Hek told sources that “we have decided in principle to contest the Lok Sabha elections from both the parliamentary seats in Meghalaya.”
According to the BJP Minister, an envoy of the state party will also be meeting the BJP Chief Amit Shah to inform him about the decision taken on Tuesday.
Mr. Hek continued that so far over four-five candidates have approached the party already for tickets, but the final decision will be taken by the state election committee.
The announcement was made after the MDA partners have failed to decide consent candidates from both the constituencies, added Mr. Hek.
However, the UDP, which is the leading regional party is supporting the MDA Government, had announced its General Secretary Jemino Mawthoh as the aspiring candidate. Other regional parties like PDF, HSPDP, and the KHNAM are yet to announce that if they are supporting the idea or not.
Mr. Hek said, “We are confident to win both the seats. The BJP was having only two MPs in 1984 but now it is the biggest party in the country,” while replying to a query on the party’s poor performances in 2018 Assembly Elections.
Meghalaya’s BJP Chief Shibun Lyngdoh claims that the party had first thought of supporting and waited for MDA to propose the aspiring candidates but nothing happened till yesterday.
Facing difficult questions from natives of Citizenship Amendment Bill as well as the beef ban politics, BJP did not field any candidate for Tribal Council Elections on February 27.