SHILLONG, Feb 09: The former vice president of the National People’s Party (NPP) in East Khasi Hills (EKH) has quit the party along with a host of his supporters while alleging that the party has close links with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Harkin Warjri was welcomed by Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) working president James Lyngdoh at a meeting held at the Congress Bhavan. Over 100 NPP supporters also joined the party.
“I have decided to resign because as a Christian I cannot work with a party which is having a close relationship with the BJP,” said Warjri, who had been with the NPP leaders even before it had split from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Warjri claimed that other parties like the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) besides others are also working hand in hand with the BJP, which, in his opinion, is an anti-Christian and anti-minority party.
Warjri said that he had taken the decision to quit the NPP after seeing that the BJP-led NDA government of which the NPP is also an ally, had denied visa to the president of Baptist World Alliance Chief DR Paul Msiza for attending the 150th year of Christianity in Garo Hills region.
“Therefore, I realized that there is a need for a strong party to fight such forces and I find that it is only the Congress that can protect the secular fabric of this country,” Warjri added.
Warjri, who was also a former block president of the NPP in Mawkynrew has resolved to ensure victory to the Congress nominee from Mawkynrew constituency Olet Kharsohnoh.
Kharsohnoh is one among the candidates who will be contesting against the former UDP legislator Remington Pyngrope, who joined the NPP earlier last month.
“It is time to stop the book symbol as people cannot understand what it is all about anymore and start supporting the Congress,” he said while claiming that there are around 600 others who will be joining the Congress party in the coming days.
Earlier in his address, MPCC working president James Lyngdoh expressed confidence that with Warjri’s inclusion and others, the Congress will win the Mawkynrew seat in the upcoming Assembly elections.