SHILLONG, Dec 20: The District Council Affairs (DCA) Minister, Prestone Tynsong has rubbished the claims made by the State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that demonetization was the reason why the party could not win even a single seat in the recently concluded by elections to seven seats in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).
Countering the claims made in this regard by the State BJP president, Shibun Lyngdoh, Tynsong said that the argument would mean that the BJP is burning down its own house even as he asked, “Is Narendra Modi burning down his own house?”
Pointing to statements made by the BJP prior to the said polls, Tynsong said that actions speak louder than words. “It seems our friends from the BJP talk big but work less,” he said.
Stating that the BJP is overconfident of its ability to replace the Congress in the ensuing 2018 state elections, Tynsong said, “The mandate is with the people and not with the BJP or other political parties. Let the electorate decide.”
Reacting to a query of Congress members joining the BJP, Tynsong however said that those who join the BJP are thinking that the rooms (in the Congress) are full. “But in fact we still have so many rooms to accommodate,” he said. “It seems that most of them wanted to be in the kitchen only,” he added.