The BJP will meet on Friday to decide its stand on the formation of a new Executive Committee in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
After the counting of votes on Thursday, the BJP won two seats, from Tura constituency which is the stronghold of the NPP and from Dalu constituency, being held by another NPP legislator.
According to BJP legislator and minister, AL Hek, the BJP would meet at Tura on Friday in the presence of state president, Ernest Mawrie and party in-charge of Meghalaya, Chuba Ao.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won one seat in the 2015 district council elections, and now it got two seats.
“We are happy with our party’s performance in this election, getting at least two seats. We have a strong candidate from Tura and having a strong candidate matters a lot,” Hek said.
An elated Hek said the BJP has the potential for the Assembly elections in 2023 and the party has been growing in Garo Hills.
“In the next Assembly elections, we will get a minimum of 6 to 7 seats, and maximum 10 seats only from Garo Hills,” Hek claimed.
Asked if the BJP, which is part and parcel of the NPP-led MDA government in the state, said he would go to Tura to have a meeting with the two newly elected MDCs along with the BJP in-charge of Meghalaya to discuss and take a collective decision on the formation of a new Executive Committee in the GHADC.
Asked if he would prefer that the two BJP MDCs should work with the NPP and form the new Executive Committee, Hek said personally, he wished that it should be the same way as it is being worked together in the MDA government.
“I wish it should be in the same way as it is in the MDA government, but any decision would be taken only after we meet together and it will be a collective decision,” Hek said.
The BJP has two MLAs in the Meghalaya Assembly and Hek is the minister in-charge for health and family welfare in the MDA government.
To a question, if the BJP would take newly elected MDCs from other parties to the party and take the lead in the formation of the new EC, Hek said the party is ready to welcome members from other parties if they want to join.
In the absence of anti-defection law in the district council, it is a normal practice among the elected MDCs who have been ditching the party they had stood as candidate and got elected, by switching their allegiance to another party that has the chance to form the Executive Committee.