Shillong (Meghalaya): On March 6, Meghalaya Bharatiya Janata Party president Ernest Mawrie accused the Trinamool Congress and Congress of running propaganda by framing his party as an anti-Christian party.
Though the BJP managed to join hands with the single largest party, the National People’s Party (NPP), and become a helping hand in forming the Government in Meghalaya despite getting two seats in the recently concluded Assembly polls, the party’s state unit chief accused its rivals behind the ‘unsatisfied’ election results.
Ernest Mawrie said, “The Congress, TMC had made propaganda against BJP that it is anti-Christian party, who will ban beef in Meghalaya after being voted to power”.
Mawri clarified that his party is not anti-Christian, saying, “In the NDA Government under the leadership of PM Modi, nine years are about to complete but no anti-Christian instances happened.”
“If any such incidents are happening in the country, then they are only in Congress-ruled states,” Ernest Mawrie added.
Under Conrad Sangma’s leadership, the NPP surprised its rivals by winning 26 seats in the just-completed elections in Meghalaya.
The party is poised to lead the second successive Government in the State. In the State, elections were held for 59 seats.
United Democratic Party (UDP) bagged eleven seats.
Five seats were won by Congress. Trinamool Congress, which had inducted all Congress MLAs in the previous assembly, also got five seats.
BJP, People’s Democratic Front and Hill State People’s Democratic Party bagged two seats each. Voice of the People Party got four seats. Two seats were won by independent candidates.
On March 7, Conrad Sangma will take the oath of office as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya for a consecutive second term. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in event, which will take place at Raj Bhawan in Shillong.
On March 3, NPP leader Sangma handed the governor of Meghalaya his letter of resignation as Chief Minister of Meghalaya before Governor Phagu Chauhan and staked a claim to form the new Government in the State.
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma won from the South Tura constituency with a margin of 5,016 against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bernard N Marak, as per the data shared by the Election Commission of India.
Sunday thanked UDP and People’s Democratic Front (PDF) for extending support for forming the Government in Meghalaya. Hours prior, the two parties had pledged to back the NPP in forming the Government.
Notably, the numbers have now climbed to 45 with support from UDP and PDF. In the Meghalaya assembly elections, UDP won 11 seats, and PDF won two seats.
Earlier, BJP (two seats), two MLAs of HSPDP (Hill State Peoples Democratic Party) and two Independent MLAs extended their support to NPP.
Ernest Mawrie also claimed that the BJP and NPP alliance will win both Lok Sabha seats of Meghalaya in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.