Four Meghalaya Congress MLAs join BJP

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

Bhartiya Janta Party has handful MLAs for the upcoming elections as the legislators from various parties of the state are joining BJP.

Earlier in the day, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav credited the induction of Congress MLAs in BJP to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress MLAs, who resigned from their assembly seats, are Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Prestone Tynsong, Rowell Lyngdoh and Ngaitlang Dhar of Congress, Remington Pyngrope from UDP and Independents Stephanson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon.

As many as four sitting Meghalaya MLAs, including a top Congress party leader, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday.

Addressing the rally, Northeast in-charge of the BJP, Ram Madhav, said, "What a way to welcome the New Year with four MLAs".

The major exodus of the legislators is from the Meghalaya Congress and all these legislators are joining the BJP for the upcoming polls.

Apart from Hek, former deputy speaker Sanbor Shullai (who also headed the NCP in the state until last year) and two Independents - Justine Dkhar and Robinus Syngkon - joined the party at a rally here along with another member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council Hambertus Nongtdu. On Monday, senior Meghalaya Congress MLA AL Hek announced that he would part ways with the party and join the BJP. "It is a ghar wapsi for him (Hek) and other friends are coming to a comfortable house and they will feel at home in the BJP", the former RSS spokesman said.

The decision of the Congress legislators to defect ahead of the assembly polls in the north-eastern state comes as a blow for the Congress, which is facing a tough challenge to hold its fort. "The time for change in Meghalaya has come".

In UP, BJP bagged in 2014, 71 of 80 and in MP 27 out of 29; but, just in case the party is not able to repeat these feats, BJP wants to expand to regions and states where it has yet not made inroads.

On the matter the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma was least bothered, all he was concerned about was these turncoat legislators will put the state into a big political turmoil.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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