Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on his arrival to Tripura from Meghalaya capital Shillong on January 7, 2018 claimed that his party is certain that the Left Front would be ousted from power in the Tripura Assembly Elections in February and his party would come to power. While he was in Meghalaya, he only accused the Congress led Government of Dr Mukul M Sangma for misrule and corruption, but he did not dare to claim the same to form the next government in Meghalaya.
Lashing out at what Shah called the Communist Party of India-Marxist’s (CPI-M) politics of poverty and backwardness, he assured that BJP would pave the rapid transformation of the state into a developed one through creation of employment opportunities.
His road-map for Tripura is the Prime Minister’s Mantra- Reform, Perform and Transform and the upcoming BJP government in Tripura would act upon these ‘Mantra’ to radically alter the profile of the state, also to adopt the BJP cardinal principle is ‘Sarv ka Saath, Sarv ka Vikas’ and this would ensure equitable development for all communities of the state.
Last year, Shah has on many occasions dropped his scheduled visit to Meghalaya only to make it this time via Tikrikilla in Garo Hills than Shillong, it is also an open secret that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government was voted to power by effectively using the social media and all forms of propagandas via media. The research team of the party was working round the clock in mapping the poll bound states across the nation.
Of course, the BJP in-charge of Meghalaya, K.J. Alphons, he is also Minister of State (Independent Charge) Tourism and Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, who is almost camping in the state has invited many senior leaders to address the workers and to observe the nerves of the electorates in the state, also working hard to lure in sitting legislatures. Only few weeks back they managed to gain few candidates, who can also be the Star campaigners from the state itself, prior to that, the party were not at all confident of forming the next government, as Shah confidently claimed for Tripura.
Shah assured to make Meghalaya into a Model State, which can be a showpiece for everyone if the BJP is voted to power. He is of the view that Meghalaya has to stand equal among the other states, while urging the party leaders and workers to ensure the message of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches every household in the three regions – Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills.
It is perhaps for the first time, at the eleventh hours, Alphons announced tourism package of Rs 70 crore to develop Religious and Spiritual circuits in the state, and not letting go the opportunity during announcement, he expressed his dismay by accusing the ruling Congress government of obstructing the Central government from implementing an inclusive project to bring about religious harmony in the state.
Alphons further pointed out that the government refused to send its officials to a meeting held in New Delhi on January 5, 2018 to discuss how to create infrastructure for religious tourism. He further added that his ministry has no answers why the state government is against this project?
BJP is not fighting election in Meghalaya for the first time, they had in the past elected few representatives in the Assembly, and the first saffron candidate from the state is Moina Singh Phyllut, who had actually seen the uphill task to convince the voters that time. However, the self claimed Christian State- Meghalaya is also a red-meat consumption state, still has phobia for the saffron party.
The awarding of party ticket to Church Leaders is one such attempt of the state BJP to do the damage control in Meghalaya. It is only afraid they do not have much time to campaign or to convince the voters. However, it is not entirely dependent on the individual charisma and expertise to lure votes and not so impactful as saffron brigade particularly in Meghalaya, but of course, BJP will be the game changer in the battlefield, which is worth witnessing.