SHILLONG, Dec 01: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi will soon visit poll bound Meghalaya as has been revealed by Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam who is also the BJP leader in-charge election in Meghalaya.
“Nothing is finalized yet but there is a plan for the PM to visit the state and it will be decided very soon,” Kannanthanam said after meeting church leaders here on Friday.
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh is also scheduled to visit the Meghalaya on December 7, to inaugurate the state party’s office and also meet booth level workers.
Alphons however said that there is a possibility of changing the Singh’s visit if the Prime Minister decides to visit Meghalaya.
“It all depends on the PM’s programme. It is still under review if PM is coming we would like to club things together but none of this is finalized,” he said.
Asked on the meeting held with the church leaders from Khasi-Jaintia Presbyterian (KJP) Synod, the BJP leader said that the whole idea was to “renew friendship”.
“I had met them last time when I came so the whole idea is to renew friendship and see how things are going. I am going to meet the Archbishop of Arch Diocese Dominic Jala again… we have become friends so it is good to meet again,” he said.
“I did not talk politics at all not one word but we were talking about social issues and others,” he added.
Reacting to a query on whether the BJP will be accepted by the people of the state, Alphons said, “I have made it clear that the BJP is not the political wing of the RSS at all.”
On the other hand, the BJP leader informed that his visit to the state is also to discuss with the state party leadership on the preparation for the upcoming 2018 Assembly elections in the state.