Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) national president, Conrad Sangma on Friday claimed that BJP leaders want the removal of Ernest Mawrie as the State president.
“I have spoken to both the MLAs of the BJP (Alexander Laloo Hek and Sanbor Shullai) and both of them have distanced themselves from the comments he (Mawrie) has made. Both of them (are) in favour of Ernest Mawrie being removed from the post of the State president of the BJP,” he said.
The BJP is a partner in the NPP-led ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).
Mawrie had repeatedly lambasted the MDA government over corruption issues in the two district councils and the state including alleged illegal transportation of coal.
He has also demanded for the resignation of Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui after six coal miners died in an illegal coal mining in East Jaiñtia Hills district.
Sangma said that he had spoken to BJP national leaders and they too were upset with the way the president of the (Meghalaya) BJP has been handling the situation.
“I have also spoken to more than half of the leaders of the BJP Meghalaya unit and they too are in favour of ousting Mawrie,” the Chief Minister said.
“The rest is up to to the BJP. I am just telling the internal feelings of the party members and more importantly the legislators of the BJP who are completely against the State BJP president,” the NPP national president said. With agency inputs