SHILLONG, Mar 23: The BJP has decided to field a candidate for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat, while it has opted out of the Tura seat and would extend support to the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate.
For the Shillong seat, South Shillong MLA, Sanbor Shullai has been fielded, by the BJP.
A former Meghalaya Assembly Deputy Speaker, Shullai, is the Chairman of Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), and currently a member of the Meghalaya assembly from South Shillong.
It may be mentioned that four names were also forwarded for the Tura seat by the State BJP. The BJP’s Central Election Committee, however, decided against contesting the seat.
“We will be supporting a non-Congress candidate in Tura. Although the party would not actively participate in the canvassing, but we have asked our party workers and supporters to feel free to support anyone one other than the Congress candidate,” State BJP president, Shibun Lyngdoh said.
It may be mentioned that for the Tura parliamentary seat there is every likelihood that there may be a straight contest between Congress candidate Dr Mukul Sangma and National People’s Party (NPP) Agatha K Sangma.
In Shillong, Shullai would contest against two-time Congress MP, Vincent H Pala, who is seeking a third consecutive mandate form the voters. The other candidate in the fray is the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance’s, Jemino Mawthoh.
The other candidates who are also in the fray are Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement’s, THS Bonney and Independent Samuel Hashah.
Shullai will be filing his nomination on March 25, the last date of filing.
State unit president of the BJP, Lyngdoh clarified that the party has been kept out of the MDA forum and it’s only an alliance of regional parties for the election.
Since the BJP was out of the MDA forum, it was free to put up candidates anywhere it wished.
“We are part of the MDA coalition, but for the election we were kept out and so we put up a candidate for the Shillong seat,” the BJP state president said.
In Tura, former Union Minister and NPP candidate, Agatha Sangma would be contesting against former Chief Minister from the Congress, Mukul Sangma.
Asked about the prospect of the BJP candidate against a formidable Congress, Lyngdoh said the Congress has been winning the seat since the Congress was in power in the State and misused the State machinery.
“Now the situation has changed with the Congress no longer in power. The BJP is a cadre based party having workers at the grassroots level. We are confident about winning the seat,” Lyngdoh stated.
Meanwhile, the BJP has also announced Adorsho Sangma as its official candidate for the Selsella by-election.