BJP candidate from Shillong Lok Sabha constituency, Sanbor Shullai hit out at the BJP’s partners in Meghalaya for criticising the party, saying “though they criticise us, but after the results of elections, they all make friends (bhai bhai) with the BJP”.
Shullai also urged the people to vote for the BJP in this Lok Sabha election as the party would again form the government at the Centre.
Shullai, who is the BJP MLA from South Shillong Assembly constituency, filed his nominations on Monday and was accompanied by BJP leaders including state party president Shibun Lyngdoh, Health Minister A.L. Hek and other leaders.
“The people of India have already reposed faith and confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So here in Meghalaya also, we feel the same and we are so confident. Let us carry this message to the people across Khasi and Jaiñtia hills under Shillong Lok Sabha constituency that it is useless to waste their votes by voting for other parties, but they should vote for a party that will form the government in Delhi so that all issues concerning the people of the state, we will take up in Delhi directly with the Prime Minister,” Shullai told reporters.
Shullai said that it is the characteristic in election that other parties used to criticise the BJP.
“….but finally they are bhai bhai (friends) with the BJP. They are still working with us and they know they cannot divorce with the BJP because without the BJP, there will be lots of financial problems,” Shullai said.
On the claim of the United Democratic Party (UDP) that it has pulled out of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Shullai said, “that is not our concern, but we are talking about Meghalaya, and we are still working together in the State.”
The BJP is a part of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government along with the NPP, UDP, PDF, HSPDP, NCP and Independents.
On the delay to solve the problem related to coal mining in the state, Shullai admitted that coal mining issue in the last Assembly election was in the BJP’s manifesto.
“We have said that if the BJP comes to power we will solve the problem in six months. So we have put an appeal to the people of Meghalaya to vote for the BJP in order to form the government, but unfortunately people of the state have given us only two seats, so we could do it as we could not form the government,” said Shullai.
“But now we are working with the MDA government as a coalition partner of the NPP and other parties. Here again we appeal if the people are wise enough, because for the last many years since inception of Meghalaya, there are lots of issues where other parties have given commitment during election. The issues are getting stagnant for many years,” he added.
Stating that the BJP has never won from Shillong seat, the BJP candidate said that the BJP is existing here and whatever issues which are pending since 1972.
Questioning the the Congress and other parties what they have done, he hoped that minorities will vote for him and the BJP as the people are very wise enough.