‘The upcoming Tura by-polls holds immense significance for Meghalaya as it is a tribute to one of India’s tallest politicians late P A Sangma’ said national spokesperson of BJP Nalin Kohli, who is in-charge of Meghalaya. Addressing the press in Shillong on Monday, the BJP leader said, ‘PA Sangma, the son of the soil, represented Tura and became the speaker of this country. His luminous political career can’t be forgotten’.
Nalin Kohli further added that the Congress party has conceded defeat, which was clear from the mood and the Congress party’s poster, where they have criticized BJP and have forgotten to seek votes for their own candidate. ‘I have a long history of handling elections and I have seen a unique Congress poster. They are not seeking votes for their candidate but have accused the BJP. Since she said Conrad Sangma is a nice person, let her be true to her feelings and emotions and withdraw her candidature for the upcoming election,’ he lashed out. BJP has not filed a candidate to contest in the by election which is slated to be held on May 16. Nalin Kohli said BJP would be the alliance partner of National People’s Party headed by Conrad Sangma.
‘The mood of the election is becoming clear with every passing hour. People are against the Congress in Garo Hills. The national mood against Congress is also predominant. Mukul Sangma’s government will soon collapse under its own weight’ said Nalin Kohli. The BJP leader further informed that BJP leaders Kiren Rijiju and Sarbananda Sonowal were likely to campaign for Conrad Sangma, NPP’s candidate for the Tura by-polls who is pitted against Congress candidate Dikkanchi D Shira, a sitting legislator from Mahendraganj and wife of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
On May 11, tribal affairs minister Jual Oram will campaign in Tura to seek mandate for National People’s Party (NPP). National Minority Morcha president Abdul Rashid will also campaign in Garo Hills between May 12 -14.
Questioning the Congress for trying to communalize the election and branding the BJP as an ‘anti-Christian’ and ‘anti-Muslim’ party, Kohli said, ‘Their comment suggests that they (Congress) are uneasy and nervous. Mukul’s government is shaky. BJP member won elections to district council in Congress candidate’s home constituency’.
Kohil also attacked Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Dikkanchi Shira saying that the BJP would be filing a complaint with the Returning Officer and subsequently an FIR over communal speech during the campaigns. ‘Meghalaya is not a kingdom. Mukul and Dikkanchi can’t behave like king and queen’, he asserted. Terming that Mukul is famous for deals, Kohli offered a deal to the Chief Minister asking him to allow Conrad to win the election unopposed, as they are not seeking votes. ‘I want to see how they would react on this deal’, Kohli asserted.