Corruption of NPP-led govt in Meghalaya encouraged by BJP: Cong
Meghalaya Congress unit chief Vincent H Pala

KhliehriatCongress Meghalaya unit chief Vincent H Pala alleged that the people of the northeastern state “do not trust” the BJP.

He also accused the BJP of putting the Christians at “the receiving end” in states where it is in power.

“In Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh or Karnataka and even in Assam, the Christians are at the receiving end. The Christians are at the receiving end wherever the BJP has set foot. The share of the Christian population in Meghalaya is over 75 per cent and they do not trust the BJP,” Pala said.

The Congress MP also said, “The BJP has not provided anything worth mentioning to the people of Meghalaya even after nine years of its rule at the Centre.”

The state Congress president said it would do well for the prime minister and union home minister to visit Shillong and inaugurate schemes and projects but they should “avoid making political comments as the cost of their visits here is borne by the central government”.

“How can a prime minister or a home minister visit Meghalaya as a star campaigner when their travel costs are being borne by the government? Come and lay foundation stones for projects that will benefit the people of the hill state,” he said.

“He (PM Narendra Modi) had campaigned in the Garo Hills (in earlier years) because they can bring crowds from Assam,” he said on Monday, while alleging that the BJP avoided similar rallies in areas far away from Assam.

Pala also mentioned that the Congress is in the process of finalising its star campaigners for the upcoming elections.

“Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and even Shashi Tharoor will be among the star campaigners for the Congress. We are finalising the names 20 others from Meghalaya will be added,” he said.

Pala said the Congress will release its election manifesto by February 9 or 10.

Elections to the 60-member Meghalaya assembly will be held on February 27, and the counting of votes will be on March 2.

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