SHILLONG, Jan 11: Hitting at the BJP, which is gaining footholds in poll-bound Meghalaya, former Deputy Chief Minister and United Democratic Party (UDP) veteran leader Bindo M Lanong on Thursday said the BJP will break the unity of the country and cannot be allowed to remain for long.
“The BJP has to go. They cannot be allowed to remain for long. They will break the unity of India,” Lanong said while addressing an election rally of the UDP here which was attended by thousands of people.
“The BJP has failed to protect Christian churches elsewhere but here they brought schemes to beautify churches,” the senior Working president of the party said, in an indirect attack against the Union Tourism Ministry sanctioning Rs 70 crore schemes for places of worships in the state, most of which are Christian churches recently.
The UDP, which has forged a pre-poll alliance with the Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) in the Khasi - Jaintia Hills region and the Garo National Council (GNC) in the Garo Hills region, has announced the list of 34 candidates including 7 sitting MLAs.
The UDP – HSPDP Alliance has decided that 17 seats will be reserved for the UDP, 10 seats for the HSPDP and the nine seats are open-to-contest seats in the Khasi - Jaintia Region.
Barring in 1984 when the APHLC and the HSPDP contested the poll together, this is the second time that the regional parties have had a pre-poll alliance.
Terming Meghalaya a “failed” state under the successive Congress rule, UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said it is the alliance of the regional parties that will save the state from further deterioration on all fronts.
“Where is the Rs 56,000 crore central funds? The state’s own finance has dried up and we are in debts,” he said.
Earlier, HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit expressed confidence that the Regional Parties Alliance will form the next government in Meghalaya stating that people have had enough of Congress “misrule” and are afraid of the NPP, which is an ally of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre.