SHILLONG, March 05: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused of piggy riding on the regional parties of Meghalaya to be in government even though the people of the state have rejected it in the recently concluded Assembly elections here.
Making this accusation her on Monday, outgoing Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma said, “It is not the regional parties that are coming together but it is the BJP that is bringing them together to piggy ride on them and fire from their shoulders.”
“You look at who is doing the press briefing, you look at who is deciding how many ministers should be there, you look at who decided there will be deputy CM or not,” he said while referring to the active press statements made by BJP top leaders including Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“In spite of the fact that the electorate have rejected them (BJP), they have managed to be there where they want to be,” he added.
Asked if Meghalaya will once again see a similar situation as was seen in 2009 when a non – Congress government lasted only a year, Dr. Sangma said “That comment should come from them not from me because the whole responsibility of keeping their flock together and ensuring stability is vested with them.”
Asked whether the people of Meghalaya had also rejected the Congress party in these elections, Dr. Sangma pointed out that the said elections resulted in a fractured mandate.