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Meghalaya BJP denies Cong feelers

Shillong, June 25: The Meghalaya BJP unit today claimed that none of the sitting Congress legislators in the state has indicated an inclination to join the party, but maintained that no one would be obstructed from coming into the party fold.

“Neither anyone has approached us nor sent any indication to join the party,” Meghalaya BJP president Khlur Sing Lyngdoh told reporters here.

He was responding to a query whether any of the sitting Congress legislators have indicated their willingness to change their political jersey in the wake of the BJP having ousted the Congress from power in New Delhi.

Last week, state health minister A.L. Hek created a flutter in political circles here when he met some BJP ministers in New Delhi, including Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, where, among others, he reportedly briefed him about the law and order situation in Meghalaya, particularly in the Garo hills region.

Hek had joined the Congress from the BJP in 2009. He had won the 1998, 2003 and 2008 Assembly polls from Pynthorumkhrah constituency on a BJP ticket. In 2013, he was re-elected on a Congress ticket.

Lyngdoh, while stating that there were “no signs” of Hek rejoining the BJP, expressed surprise as to why the health minister had left the party in the first place.

However, Lyngdoh said anyone, including political leaders from different parties, was welcomed to join the BJP provided “seriousness” and “sincerity” to serve the party and the people are the yardsticks.

“We will see the record of those leaders who wish to join our party because the party has to work for the 2018 Assembly polls,” he said.

The BJP had secured nearly 1 lakh votes from the Shillong parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha polls. The party had secured most of the votes in the urban Assembly segments.

Moreover, Lyngdoh said the state BJP would not “obstruct” anyone who wishes to join the party.

To a query, he said the party central leadership in New Delhi would take the state unit into confidence on matters relating to enrolment of leaders from other parties into the BJP.