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BJP riding piggyback on local parties: AICC

From A Correspondent
Shillong, Oct 11: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Wednesday accused the BJP of using “local parties” in Meghalaya to further their agenda in the State.
AICC secretary Vijaylaxmi Sadho, who reached the city on Wednesday evening to take part in organisational meetings of the Congress, said as the BJP cannot make inroads in Meghalaya on its own, it is using these parties for its own interests.
“But behind these local parties, there is the BJP,” Sadho said.
It may be mentioned that of late many Congress leaders are leaving the party and joining other parties, especially the National People’s Party (NPP).
Congress leaders and workers in Mawkyrwat, Pynursla and Nongpoh have joined the NPP.
There are also reports that senior Congress legislators like former Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh, former Ministers Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar and MLA Ngaitlang Dhar are set to leave Congress and seek re-election in the upcoming Assembly election on NPP ticket. Moreover, suspended Congress MLA from Mawsynram PN Syiem will lead the newly-formed People’s Democratic Front.
According to the AICC leader, the real face of these local parties was exposed during the Presidential polls when they voted for BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
During the Presidential election, the NPP with two MLAs and the United Democratic Party (UDP) with eight legislators voted in favour of BJP nominee Kovind.
However another regional party the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), which has a pre-poll tie-up with the UDP, abstained from the election.
When asked if the exodus of the Congress MLAs would affect the party, the AICC leader said they were aware of the activities of these dissidents a year ago.
Expressing confidence that the party will come back to power in 2018, Sadho said that the Congress had already groomed alternative candidates to take on the deserters.
Sadho also said those leaving the party were doing so for serving their own “personal interests”