SHILLONG, May 15: In what can be construed as a tussle for power within the State Bharatiya Janata Party, one of its members has filed a FIR against the state party’s vice president, John Anthony Lyngdoh, accusing him of defamation.
25 year old Tony Marbaniang who had earlier made known his intentions to contest the Shillong North constituency on a BJP ticket had filed the FIR against Lyngdoh who is the most probable candidate of the party from the constituency in the upcoming 2018 polls.
“He (JA Lyngdoh) has falsely accused me of indirect extortion in a meeting held at Oakland Community Hall, Bivar Road on Sunday, May 14,” alleged Marbaniang outside the Sadar Police Station here on Monday.
Claiming possession of a video of Lyngdoh’s speech, Marbaniang said, “The leader had alleged that if I get money from him, I will no longer contest the election. Such statement is designed to defame my reputation as a youth.”
Refuting the allegation that he is not a member of the BJP, Marbaniang, who displayed a membership form before newsmen, said, “I have evidence that I am a member of the BJP. I had joined the party along with many supporters.”
Asked, he said that he has no clue as to what prompted a senior leader like Lyngdoh to make such false accusations against him even as he opined that the latter is playing dirty politics to gain brownie points ahead of the elections.
Meanwhile, Marbaniang also informed that he has decided to soon stage a dharna in front of the BJP state office demanding that action against Lyngdoh.
“I will sit outside the party’s office within a day or two as I want my voice to reach New Delhi. I will fight and demand for justice,” he said.
“I also demand him (Lyngdoh) to call a public meeting and clarify that whatever accusations he had made against me are false and untrue and if not, he should produce evidence to prove his claim,” he added.
Marbaniang however said that he has not informed the party leadership about the complaint against Lyngdoh as the latter is the incumbent vice president of the party.