BJP to contest Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha seat on its own

Shillong, Mar 5: The Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) today said that they has decided to go alone and to put up candidates for both the Lok Sabha seat – Shillong and Tura.

The decision was taken during a meeting chaired by BJP general secretary in-charge North East Ajay Jamwal and attended by state party leaders.

“We have decided in principle to contest the Lok Sabha elections from both the parliamentary seats in Meghalaya,” BJP leader and cabinet minister AL Hek informed media persons after the meeting.

The decision of the BJP to put up candidates for the two seats has further lessen the chance to put up a consensus candidate as earlier proposed by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), the coaltion ruling the state.

The BJP leaders has blamed the delay on the part of its MDA partners which prompted them to decided otherwise.

BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh said that the party earlier thought of supporting the move for an MDA consensus candidate.

“We waited for the MDA to propose the consensus candidates but nothing happened till today. However, we have decided not to wait anymore and therefore this decision,” the state BJP chief said.

Meanwhile, Hek also informed that an election committee will soon be constituted for inviting applications from aspiring candidates who are interested to contest the Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP leader also said that the state party leaders will soon meet national president Amit Shah to inform him about the decision.

Hek informed that so far around four-five candidates have already approached the party for ticket but the decision on the matter will be taken by the state election committee.

 It may be mentioned two constituents of the MDA – the UDP and the HSPDP has already named their choice of candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.

UDP has projected former MLA, Jemino Mawthoh while the HSPDP has zeroed in on Mawkyrwat legislator, Renikton Tongkhar.

The other partners of the MDA like NPP, PDF NCP and Independents are yet to decide on their choice of candidates. 

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