SHILLONG, Sep 15: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Meghalaya is yet to decide how it will approach the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as it will rather prefer to introspect on its performance in earlier elections in the state.
Informing this here on Saturday, BJP national spokesperson in-charge Meghalaya, Nalin Kohli said, “We have not discussed this agenda per se. At the moment the focus is in terms of assessing about our performances in the past (Assembly polls). People’s suggestions were there, and also make a plan of the activities which we wished to do as a political party.”
He said after the meeting that after national executive meeting, all states have to hold their state executive meeting.
“It is a routine meeting of the party which has to done and we are supposed every few months,” he said.
On the other hand, Kohli informed that the issue relating to the upcoming elections to the autonomous district councils was discussed at the state executive meeting.
“We have asked the party to get down to its activities and make an assessment. The BJP is a political party that is going to focus at elections. How much it has to be, and who will be our candidates, is still an assessment that has be done on that.”
The BJP is part of the six-party coalition Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government being led by the National People’s Party (NPP) and supported by the United Democratic Party (UDP) and other parties and Independents.
On the UDP’s move to have a common candidate by the coalition MDA for the Lok Sabha polls, Kohli said, “I have not involved in any such discussion. Every political party is entitled to prepare for any election. Whether there is a common candidate or not, that is only when such discussions come up. As an in-charge of the party, nobody has approached me, and I have had no discussions with anybody on this issue. Whether there is going to be a common candidate of the MDA or fight separately is a matter that we have not discussed. But we have seen in the bye election to Ranikor constituency too, the constituents of MDA did contest against each other. I cannot say anything on this without any input.”