Shillong, Aug. 22: Refusing to be bogged down by their Assembly poll debacle, the Meghalaya unit of BJP today announced its preparation for next year’s general elections.
A BJP state executive committee meeting was held here today, where the party revealed its belief that the country’s electorate was looking to it as an alternative to the Congress.
“People in Meghalaya, like in the rest of the country, are looking forward to a change of government (to one) that is clean, competent and responsive. The alternative they seek can only be provided by the BJP. It is, therefore, necessary for all of us start the process of strengthening the party and extend its reach, especially among the youth. The BJP is, accordingly, preparing for the parliamentary elections,” state BJP general secretary Dipayan Chakraborty said.
In the February Assembly polls, the BJP had failed to win a single seat in the state. Barring its presence in the Assembly after the 1998, 2003 and 2008 polls, the BJP has not been able to create much of an impact in Meghalaya.
Lambasting the UPA government at the Centre, the BJP said the country’s international prestige was now at the “lowest”. “The continuous fall in the value of the rupee has made investors shy away from the country. Our relations with our neighbouring countries are at their worst. The voice of the country in international and economic fora is no longer respected,” Chakraborty said.
He said all that the UPA government was concerned about were “populist measures” with an eye on the forthcoming elections.
At the same time, he said the effects of the country’s mismanagement by the UPA and the widespread corruption could be seen in the performance of the Meghalaya government.
“What more can be said of a state where the chief minister spends more time in New Delhi and makes unnecessary trips abroad, both at enormous cost to the public exchequer?” He added that longstanding problems in the state had not only remained unattended to but had been allowed to become intractable.
Chakraborty pointed out that negligence by the state government had led to largescale infiltration, which had assumed “alarming proportions”.
The law and order situation, too, had completely deteriorated, he added.
“In the Garo hills, administration has virtually broken down. Crimes against women, especially against minors, have reached alarming proportions,” Chakraborty said.