Arun Singh to visit Meghalaya to re-organise party: BJP president Mawrie

Mawrie said that the post is for 3 years as per the constitution of the party.

State BJP president Ernest Mawrie informed that the national general secretary of the BJP Arun Singh will visit the state on July 30 and 31 to re-organise the party.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he said, “On July 30 and 31, the national general secretary will visit the state to strengthen the party. You know we are going to have elections in 2023 and he also suggested to us many strategies and plans on how to go about the elections.”

Asked about his term of holding the post of president, Mawrie said that the post is for 3 years as per the constitution of the party.

“I am the elected president, not nominated. My term is three years. So, it will be the prerogative of the central leader. I am doing my best to serve the party and uplift the party in the state. I am doing whatever directions given by the Central leader,” he said.


Mawrie alleged that there are weighbridges operating unauthorised along the National Highway 6 without the permission from the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway (MoRTH).

“There are many weighbridges in national Highway 6 which was unauthorised without obtaining permission from the MoRTH. From the party side, we have received complaints from truckers coming from outside the state. They are complaining that there are many illegal weighbridges which collect money in our state,” he said.

He said that the party was about to write a letter to the Transport department of Meghalaya to ask about the matter, but it was raised in the Parliament.

“I request the government that if they don’t have NOC from MoRTH, they have to close and we cannot deny also that there are many weighbridges which we have received complaints from the local vendor also,” he said.

Referring to Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar’s statement, he said, “I have seen the statement of the Transport Minister which he denied that there is no weighbridge in National Highway. What about the weighbridge that they have set up with permission? But I want to state clearly, maybe you can do that on your state road which falls under the state government but national highway, you cannot.”

Mawrie said that if illegal weighbridges are allowed to operate, it will affect the people of the state.

He said, “The transporters, the truckers will increase the carrying charge and it will affect the people and eventually the price of essential commodities will increase.”

He has urged the state government to look into the matter.

Regarding the recent meeting of Union Minister Amit Shah, he said that the party highlighted the ILP issue, the inclusion of Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian constitution, amendment of 6th schedule to the union minister.

“The government in Delhi is very keen to convert the KHADC to Territorial Council, which is already in the pipeline,” he said.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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