Meghalaya BJP inducts 12 tribal faces in executive panel

To lodge complaint against ''vested interest'' group
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Shillong
19 Apr 2017

BJP in Meghalaya has reorganised the party's state executive committee by inducting in it 12 tribal faces in view of the Assembly election next year.
"We have inducted 12 tribal executive members of the party in the executive committee at the party meeting on Tuesday evening. The decision was taken in view of the party getting ready for the 2018 elections," state BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh told news agency PTI. Of the 16 executive members of the party elected on Tuesday, Lyngdoh, who retained the post of party president, said there are only four non-tribals. He said that tribal faces were required as the party would field candidates in all the 60 seats in the 2018 elections.
The Meghalaya BJP chief said that the party's national executive meeting held at Bhubaneshwar had given him the power to reorganise the state executive committee and bring in as much tribal leaders as possible. Former MLAs Edmund Sangma and J A Lyngdoh who joined the party recently were made vice-president and spokesperson respectively. Executive member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council Neil Antonio War was also inducted in the executive committee, Lyngdoh said. Vice-president Gagan Jain was demoted to being an executive member only.
People of all religions and communities would be taken into confidence by the new executive and the party would fight corruption to bring in development for all strata of the society here, Lyngdoh said. The BJP will lodge a police complaint against "vested interest" groups labeling it on social media as an "anti-Christian party", another leader of the party said today. "We will see that false propaganda will not be allowed. We will submit complaints to the state police department and central intelligence agencies and demand action against the vested interest groups," state BJP vice president John Antonious Lyngdoh said.
The BJP leaders on Tuesday took stock of the propaganda circulated on the social media by "vested interest" groups, which they said was tarnishing the party`s image before the Christian minorities."In the past few days, some vested interest groups have been circulating misinformation on social media that the BJP is anti-Christian, and if it comes to power, churches will be dismantled and Christians will not be allowed to worship freely," Lyngdoh, who is also an active church leader, said.
With its ambitious "Mission 40" for the elections to the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly, the BJP has decided to go it alone for the 2018 assembly polls in this Christian-majority state. "We will appeal to the voters to allow the BJP to prove itself as a party that works against corruption and provides good governance. I can assure you that there will be no discrimination. India is a secular country. Therefore, we appeal to the people to give us a chance," Lyngdoh added.