By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Feb 13, 2018:
While the war of words continues in Meghalaya between the two national parties — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress, the regional parties on the other hand, seems to be camping safely inside their fortress with few verbal encounters and mudslinging.
While political pundits feels that the regional parties are only but silent supporters of the BJP, the saffron party on the other hand, continue to deny such allegations and the congress does not fall short of firing another round against the opposition camps by calling them ‘Judas’.
Congress taking shots at the BJP and vice-versa has become the order of day in the political battle in the state. The Congress does often blaze its guns towards the NPP time to time but the other regional parties are safely grounded and seem more focused on their preparations more than the mudslinging.
Allegations have been leveled time and again on the BJP having an understanding with the NPP and the regional parties, which, however, remains denied. There are indications which are often raised like the BJP not fielding candidates in areas like the West Shillong Constituency, where UDP candidate, Paul Lyngdoh is the sitting legislator and up against Mohendro Rapsang of the Congress.
Reacting to such allegations, the BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli on Tuesday said that these are false allegations leveled by the Congress, which is trying hard to divert the attention of the public from the contentious and serious issues that the state is faced with.
Earlier, when asked about the real motive of the political alliance formed between the BJP and the other regional parties of the Northeast — North East Democratic Alliance or NEDA, former union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Monday said that the NEDA was set up to unite the regional parties and their aspirations and has no hidden agenda of saffronising the North East region. However, the recent political development that saw the BJP forming the government in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam speaks otherwise.
Few like the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) are already part of the NEDA even though they deny that they have no political affiliation to each other. And it gets even more interesting with the indirect participation of the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) in NEDA following the pre-poll alliance between the two major regional parties in the state — UDP-HSPDP. Or so it seems!
Yet again, the BJP continues to remain in denial. “People can speculate anything. Truth is one thing speculation is another,” Kohli said.
Talking of West Shillong, Kohli said, “It is not like that these are allegations that are coming constantly. The fact is that we have gone purely by assessment and we want to put up credible fights but unfortunately we could not get a credible candidate who will do well and put up a fight and be in a winning position in the remaining 13 seats.”
On allegation that the BJP was playing religious politics by announcing religious tourisim packages, Kohli said, “This is incorrect. He gave it to everyone not just the churches that were part of tourism. What has tourism got to do with communal agendas? The congress is trying to run away by painting these incorrect pictures.”
Meanwhile, AICC, National Spokesperson Tom Wadakkan on Monday said that the BJP has the art to influence other political parties but sadly the parties who are helping or supporting the BJP are involved in ‘Judas operations’.
Again, reacting to this statement, the BJP on Tuesday termed such statements as an act of desperation on the part of the congress while referring to the matter as an amusement rather than serious.