Shangpliang quits BJP, cites nepotism as the main reason

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SHILLONG, SEP 6: On Wednesday, BJP spokesperson and former Mawsynram legislator Himalaya M Shangpliang quit the saffron party and is all set to join the ruling NPP.

Submitting his resignation to BJP state president Ernest Mawrie, Shangpliang said, “though I would have liked to remain and serve the party in the right earnest, I understand that as long as nepotism prevails within the rank and file of the State BJP continues under the leadership of the State president, it will hinder all possible steps of the dedicated and loyal party men to freely exercise their minds and grow in the party. And, therefore, I tender my resignation from the primary membership of the BJP in the State of Meghalaya forthwith on personal grounds.”

Shangpliang said on being notified as party spokesperson along with other ex-MLAs who joined the party, he had frequently raised public issues in the media on behalf of the party.

He said he had also played an active role on behalf of the party as a nominated member of the State political parties to discuss the burning issue of the state reservation policy.

“However, there are various issues that I had repeatedly raised to the State President which are pertinent to the growth of the party in Meghalaya particularly in the rural areas and had suggested steps to be taken, keeping in mind of the poll debacle the party faced in the recently concluded polls in Meghalaya,” he said.

He said, “I had reminded the State President several times on the necessary action proposed to be taken to strengthen the party at various levels in view of the growing internal conflicts within the party in the Stat

Shangpliang also thanked the party and senior leaders including Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, John Barla, Union Minister Minorty Affairs, Rituraj Sinha in-charge of Meghalaya and others for their kind support given to him during the Assembly election.

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