The Congress on Thursday came down heavily on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleging the saffron party has formed an unholy nexus with the National People’s Party (NPP) and United Democratic Party (UDP) ahead of ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya.
Speaking to media in Shillong on Thursday, former Union Minister and Congress leader, Anand Sharma said the BJP is playing divisive politics in the North-east.
Sharma also criticized the poll manifesto of the BJP released in Meghalaya, saying it is a known fact that the only thing that the saffron brigade is good at is selling dreams and making false promises.
Sharma further said Assam minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma who was once at the receiving end of the saffron brigade is now the party’s face in the region.
Sharma also questioned the integrity of the regional parties that are part of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), an umbrella organization of political parties in the North-east spearheaded by BJP.
The veteran Congress leader said while on one hand, these regional parties are a part of NEDA, while on the other, claim to have no connection with the BJP.
This contradictory stand, according to the former Union Minister, is a betrayal of the trust of the voters.
He also alleged that the Union Government has been meting out step-motherly treatment to Meghalaya after the UPA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power four years ago.
Sharma also highlighted that the state of Meghalaya got prominent institutes IIM Shillong and NEIGRIHMS only during UPA regime.
Sharma also expressed hope that the Congress will be able to retain power in the State and form the next government without any alliance.