By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Feb 09, 2018:
As the poll battle draws closer, the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) is going all out to ensure a ‘Congress-mukt’ Meghalaya as national party leaders are seen frequenting the poll-bound state to keep track of poll preparedness ahead of the February 27 assembly election.
BJP national general secretary Ram Lal during his visit to Shillong on Friday exuded confidence of forming the government in the three poll-bound states of Northeast — Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
Stating that the party will put up a tough fight in all the three states, the BJP leader said “We are fighting to win and form the government,” Lal told media persons.
Meanwhile, BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said that the party has a phenomenal opportunity here in Meghalaya. “Its been 15 years of lack of performance by the Congress and its an interesting election where the Congress party has chosen not to want to fight on its performance, doesn’t want to refer to the promises it had made and is trying to create false bogies of a BJP having divisive agenda and as far as winning seats is concerned, we will form the government here,” he said.
Referring to the Visa rejection issue as an matter being blown out of proportion, Kohli said that the BJP does not decide how a visa is given or not given. “Visa follows its own rules set up by the respective government in every country. And in India, it was the Congress that had set up the visa rule because they ruled the country for 55 years and those rules have to be adhered to irrespective of any community or religion,” he added.
Kohli also said that he was informed that the visa application of the president of the Baptist World Alliance, Dr. Paul Msiza who was scheduled to visit Meghalaya this week to take part in the 150th foundation day celebration of the Garo Baptist Church, was cancelled as some sections of the visa form was not filled correctly.
“It is sad to see that within few minutes after the visa rejection issue was raised with BJP leaders at the last minute, there was a whole campaign, a tirade led by the congress to try to give it a political colour,” said the BJP national spokesperson.
Kohli also charged the Congress party for trying to force the Church into politics, by trying to mislead and misuse the Church for political reasons. “This is confirmed that the congress has no agenda except by trying to communalise this election,” he said.
When asked about about the prospects of the party in Tripura and Nagaland, Kohli said “We had a meeting today and national general secretary is here to oversee the poll preparation and we are very certain that we will form the government in all the three states.”
In as far as election in Tripura is concerned, the BJP leader exuded confidence that the lotus will bloom in Tripura while claiming that the Left is trying very hard to retain its position among the electorates, “Because it seems we are a force to reckon with and we are certain of forming the government in Tripura.”