SHILLONG, Oct 30: Bogged down by the saffron Brigade’s political slurs, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Monday accepted the open challenge of the BJP for a two day debate and the Meghalaya Congress is all the more eager for the debate as they believe it will expose the BJP.
Nagaland’s HB Lotha, national secretary of BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha had recently called Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, ‘the most corrupt Chief Minister in India’ and dared the Chief Minister to a two-day debate.
Reacting to this the AICC, in a release issued on Monday, AICC Observer for Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Mizoram (Minority Department) Rejaul Karim Laskar accepted Lotha’s challenge to an open debate for two days.
“If Lotha accepts to debate with me for 48 hours without any precondition, I am ready to meet him in Shillong or in any other mutually agreed place in Meghalaya in front of media persons and other concerned citizens. The time and venue can be mutually decided,” Laskar stated.
Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of Meghalaya Congress, Ronnie V Lyngdoh said “BJP needs the debate as they cannot substantiate their allegations made against the Chief Minister and they will be proven wrong.”
Stating that the BJP just wants to derive political mileage and spread lies thinking that the people of the state are gullible enough to believe them Lyngdoh said, “Mark my words, BJP will be beaten badly in these elections.”
On the allegations made by Lotha against the Meghalaya Chief Minister, Lyngdoh said, “Why don’t they look after their own state? Who are they to come and interfere? They should look after their own state where physically they do not have any infrastructure. Where has all his money gone?”
“When it comes to development we are far ahead than many other north eastern states,” Lyngdoh added.
On allegations of BJP indulging in religious politics, Lyngdoh stated that the trend of the BJP leaders visiting the state to meet with the religious leader in order to convince them that the BJP is not anti-minority is nothing but hypocrisy.
“Sab ka Saat Sab ka Vikas! What they want to prove to the religious leaders is that they are not anti- minority, said Lyngdoh adding, “When you are not guilty why do you need to be defensive?”
Pointing out that the BJP enacted the anti-conversion law in Jharkhand and recently burned the effigy of a catholic cardinal in Ranchi, Lyngdoh said, “Their actions speaks otherwise. In Jharkand they enacted law that barred conversion. What is Alfonso trying to say if u are not anti-minority, why did you enact the law which goes against the constitution of freedom of religion?”
“They burn the effigy of catholic cardinal in Ranchi and come here to say BJP is not anti-minority. This is all hypocrisy,” Lyngdoh added.