SHILLONG: Ernest Mawrie, State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president said that some Congress MLAs were in touch with BJP central leaders to discuss about joining the party.
"There are talks with some of the MLAs, who only met the central leaders but I cannot give you their names now as it is too early. Like I said, there is the Tenth Schedule so it's too early to discuss now," Mawrie said. He said that 3-5 Congress MLAs have approached the party. To a question whether the Chief Minister will resort to cabinet reshuffle after NPP secured two seats and UDP one in the bye-polls, Mawrie said reshuffling of the cabinet was the prerogative of the Chief Minister.
"I cannot talk on that but out of 2 MLAs (Sanbor Shullai and AL Hek), we are getting one cabinet rank so we are happy with that," he added. He also said that the party's flock was intact. "They (MLAs) will be with us. They are both very mature politicians so I don't think that they will switch over to any other party. Till today we are in touch and we are working together."