Shillong: A cold war is raging in the Meghalaya unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the move of the saffron party to pull out of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led government.
BJP minister Sanbor Shullai on Wednesday said that the party will not withdraw from the Conrad Sangma-led government and will complete its stipulated term.
“Withdrawing from the coalition at this time will backfire, as the timing of doing so will create a wrong image among the masses and what if we have to align with same coalition partners post 2023,” Shullai said.
The BJP minister statement followed after his party national vice president in-charge Meghalaya, Chuba Ao had claimed that the BJP MLAs, Shulluai and Alexander Laloo Hek were on board to withdraw support to the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government.
So considering the gravity of the situation, Shullai requested his party leaders to refrain from issuing public statements which could hamper relations with other allies.
“We should rather focus on the wisdom shared by B. L Santhosh, National General Secretary Organisation who advised us to focus on winning more seats and increasing vote share,” the BJP minister said.
Stating that the BJP is gaining momentum and is targeting to win in double digits this time, the BJP minister said, “We are preparing to give a tough fight to our opponents this time and that the BJP will make more inroads in the state. The BJP should not be taken lightly hereafter.”