BJP spokesman joins Congress

Shillong, Feb 10: In a boost the ruling BJP before the February 27 Meghalaya assembly polls, BJP spokesperson Sony Khyriem has joined the party with hundred of his supporters.

Khyriem said he took the step in protest against the party’s decision not to nominate a candidate in West Shillong assembly constituency, besides the anti-minorities stand of the BJP.

“The dictatorial attitude not to nominate a candidate in the Constituency speaks volume of the BJP’s tyrannical mindset and the despotic choice,” Khyriem said after he joined the Congress along with his supporters here.

“We failed to understand the idea behind BJP’s decision not to nominate a candidate from West Shillong assembly constituency, a seat which the BJP had won in the last Shillong parliamentary elections,” Khyriem questioned.

The Congress has pitted Mohendro Rapsang who will take on sitting United Democratic Party legislator, Paul Lyngdoh.

Khyriem expressed confidence that the Congress will retain power in Meghalaya as people have more faith and confidence in the ruling party.

Moreover, Khyriem said, “Everyone is aware of the anti-minorities stand of the BJP. We have also seen in media reports that the Central government has rejected the visa application of a global Christian leader Reverend Paul Msiza who was to come to Meghalaya to attend 150 years of celebration of Baptist Church in Garo Hills.”

The visa application of the Baptist World Alliance leader was rejected by the Consulate General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, a move which was criticised by the Christian community in poll-bound Meghalaya.

The Baptist World Alliance is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organisations, formed in 1905 in London.

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