BJP national president Amit Shah will address a public gathering at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills in poll bound Meghalaya on Saturday.
The maiden visit of Shah in Tikrikilla, which is a BJP stronghold will set the ball rolling for the upcoming election. Former Congress minister, KC Boro will be the BJP candidate from that constituency.
Shah will be accompanied by union tourism minister K J Alphons, who is also the in-charge for election in Meghalaya, BJP minister from Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, national spokesperson of BJP Nalin Kohli, BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh, amongst other top BJP leaders.
In the last three months, there were several schedules which were planned in Meghalaya for Shah’s visit but was changed for at least three times. His visit to Meghalaya will be highly significant as the party is looking forward to make it in the state.
In December last, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked chief minister Mukul Sangma and his other cabinet colleagues over alleged corruption cases, wherein he had set the tone for the BJP’s campaign – “rally for change”.
Elaborate arrangements are being made for Shah’s maiden election rally in Garo hills, with top BJP functionaries in the ground gearing up for Saturday’s rally. The BJP is expecting over 10,000 crowd in the rally and is enthusiastic that the visit will pave way for the party to make a major impact in setting the tone for the upcoming election.
“We have a lot of expectation from Tikrikilla as our candidate is very strong and we are confident that the rally will boost the morale of the BJP supporters and party workers”, state BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh said. After addressing the rally at Tikrikilla, Shah will inaugurate the newly constructed BJP office in Shillong.
The National People’s Party, which is an ally of the BJP in centre, had yesterday demonstrated its strength in Shillong by bringing in five sitting Congress legislators to its fold and three from other parties.
In the recent political development, which has further embarrassed the Congress after the CBI booked its leader Ampareen Lyngdoh in connection with education department’s recruitment scam, it would be interesting to see whether Shah makes any reference to corruption cases in Meghalaya.