PM Modi to Campaign for BJP in Poll-bound Meghalaya; Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh Among 20 Star Campaigners

Last Update: January 27, 2023, 23:46 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  (File photo/News18)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File photo/News18)

The BJP is looking to increase its presence in the 60-member house from only two at present to lead the next government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi The party’s state unit president Ernest Mowry on Friday said he will campaign for the BJP in Meghalaya in the second week of February for the upcoming assembly elections in the northeastern state.

Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari He said that 20 star campaigners of the saffron party would be included in the state for the elections to be held on February 27.

Mowry said that chief ministers of other BJP-ruled states would also campaign in the state.

He said, ‘The date for the Prime Minister’s visit has not been fixed. But after February 10, probably February 11-12, the prime minister will address several election rallies in all the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills regions of the state.”

The BJP is looking to increase its presence in the 60-member house from only two at present to lead the next government.

The state party president said that the BJP will announce its list of candidates in February. Election The commission informs the voting.

“We have prepared the list today and we are going to send it to Delhi. We can announce the names of the candidates within February 2.

According to Mowry, the party will field around 10 women candidates.

Expressing confidence that the party will get more seats in the upcoming elections than last time, he said, ‘Last time we had predicted victory on 25 seats. This time we have projected 35 seats and we hope to win more seats so that we can lead the government. When asked, Mowry said, “We are not planning an alliance with any party. We should wait for the results to find out like-minded parties who are willing to follow our agenda of corruption-free government.” Huh.

The BJP is an ally of the current ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance led by Chief Minister Conrad P Sangma’s National People’s Party in the state.

Mowry said the party would focus on development in its manifesto. “We do not have good infrastructure in terms of roads (in Meghalaya). People always complain about traffic jams. We do not have medical or engineering colleges. If we have a double engine government – here in Meghalaya and a single party government at the Centre, then all these issues will be resolved.

Indicating progress in Assam, the state BJP president said, “Look at the neighboring state. There has been rapid development in terms of roads, colleges and medical colleges. The people of Meghalaya have common aspirations for development. we will do. If we get a chance to form the next government (in Meghalaya), then take it. On fielding candidates with criminal antecedents, he said the party has not yet received any information about them.

“There may be some cases against some candidates, but it has not come to our notice. If we get such information, we will follow the guidelines of the Election Commission,” he said.

Asked about the party’s stand on the Inner Line Permit issue, Mowry said the state government has passed an official resolution on it in the Assembly and it is now with the Centre. We will wait for the Centre’s decision. The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly passed a resolution in December 2019 urging the Center to implement the ILP in the state under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, to protect the interests of the state’s citizens.

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