SHILLONG, May 16: The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday clarified that the allegations leveled against the BJP vice president John Antonious Lyngdoh by Tony Marbaniang, who identified himself as a member of the party, is a political ploy and stated that the party is doubtful if Marbaniang is actually a member of the party.
In an FIR lodged with the Sadar Police Station on Monday, Tony Marbaniang (25), who recently announced his decision to contest from North Shillong and is eyeing for the BJP ticket, alleged that Lyngdoh had falsely accused him of contesting the election for the sake of money.
“I am the only person in the fray who has so far asked for the ticket and the decision on the matter will depend on the party,” Lyngdoh told reporters at a news conference.
Refuting the allegation, Lyngdoh said, “Do you mean that JA Lyngdoh will fall into such trap to call someone and offer them money. I am not so cheap; I’ve never done that in my entire political career because if somebody wants to contest elections let them.”
“In fact I don’t know who this person (Marbaniang) is also,” he said adding that the allegation against him could have been motivated by those from other rival political parties, who want to create disturbances within the BJP.
Furthermore, he informed that the matter related to the FIR will be taken up by the Legal Cell of the BJP, who would immediately go to the police station and ask for a copy of the complaint after which the party would sit and accordingly come up with suggestion.
Meanwhile, the president of the 17-North Shillong BJP Mandal, Wallambok O Thangkhiew said that the Mandal is not aware whether Marbaniang is a member of the party.
“Since formation of the mandal in March 31, this year, we have not seen this person despite of holding many booth level meetings in different parts of the constituency. Therefore, we do not know whether he is a BJP member or not since ours is a big party,” Thangkhiew said.
He also clarified that the recent meeting called by Marbaniang in Oakland was not with the consent of the mandal. Accordingly to him, no official candidate of the party can convene any meeting on their own as they have to work hand in hand with the mandal concerned.