BJP’s Meghalaya in-charge M Chuba Ao said the party would soon decide whether to extend its support to the NPP-led MDA government in the state amid allegations of corruption against the Conrad K Sangma government. to continue or not.
He claimed that “discussions are going on” in the saffron camp and a final decision on whether to come out of the ruling alliance will be taken in a month. The BJP with two MLAs is an ally of the National People’s Party-led coalition government in the state.
Will discuss with JP Nadda
“We will decide within a month whether we will continue or withdraw support,” the AO said. Discussions are going on at various levels. We will discuss this again with our national president JP Nadda.
BJP received corruption complaint against the government
–The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance has 48 MLAs, including 23 from the NPP, in the 60-member Assembly, while the opposition Trinamool Congress has 12.
–Referring to several allegations of corruption against the NPP-led government, the AO said the saffron camp has received several complaints and is probing them.
–“Our workers have been directed to collect evidence. If needed, central agencies will investigate the allegations,” he said.
–The AO accused the NPP of “running the MDA government at the expense of the BJP”.
–The BJP leader said, “In Meghalaya, we see how these people (government) are running.”
–His remarks came three days after the police arrested jailed Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard N Marak on charges of extorting money from traders.
Marak is in jail in two cases
Marak, the BJP’s state unit vice-president, is in jail on two counts, one of running a sex trade from his farmhouse in West Garo Hills district. When asked about the NPP’s decision to go it alone in the 2023 assembly elections in the state, the AO said that no one can form a new government in Meghalaya without the BJP.