SHILLONG: After the landslide victory in this year’s Lok Sabha polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has gained more influence in the State as around eight Members of District Council (MDCs) from the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) are reportedly preparing to join the saffron party.
According to sources, the eight MDCs in the JHADC who are joining the BJP include four from the Congress and four from the United Democratic Party (UDP). The MDCs were supposed to officially join the BJP on Saturday (August 31) at its party office in the city. However now, this induction of the MDCs is likely to happen this week.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Meghalaya State president of BJP Shibun Lyngdoh said, “The subject of JHADC MDCs joining the party has been in discussion with our regional office located at Guwahati, Assam which is in-charge of the party affairs in the North eastern region.”
When asked, Lyngdoh said that at present he does not have the list of the MDCs joining the party. “However the names of the eight MDCs will be announced on the day they officially join the BJP and this is as per the information received by us from the regional office of the party,” he said.
Replying to a question as to whether there are also talks with MDCs in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and State MLAs from other political parties to join the BJP, he said, “There might have been discussions; but this is a matter concerning the regional and the central office of the BJP; and we have no power to approach anyone to join us without the direction from our party’s central leadership.”
He further said there may be discussions between the regional and central office with other MDCs and MLAs to join the party. But, we cannot make any comment in this regard without any permission from these two offices.”