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Meghalaya BJP leads delay in announcing election candidates, list to be released on February 2

BJP’s Meghalaya in charge, M Chuba Ao, said on Wednesday that the party will announce its list of candidates for upcoming polls on February 2.

The state election commission will meet on Jan. 27 to discuss likely candidates for upcoming polls.

“On the 27th we will have the meeting of the State Election Committee, then we will review it and then we will take it to Delhi where we will have a meeting on the 30th or 31st. We will announce the list of candidates on February 2,” he said.

Asked about the delay when most of the parties have already announced their candidates and TMC has also released its manifesto, he said: “BJP always chooses the last month because there are many candidates who do not want to wait to let them go, who bothers for them. Our system is different from others.”

Recently, BJP state president Ernest Mawrie said that a survey has shown that the party will win 10-15 seats in the upcoming election. Mawrie said the party fielded candidates from all 60 constituencies.

The state BJP chief also said that more than 123 people have applied for tickets to the party. He said there are also constituencies with multiple aspirants, such as Dalu with four and Mahendraganj with six.

Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on February 27, while Tripura will head to the polls on February 16; the saffron party has yet to announce its candidates.

The responsible BJP Meghalaya also said that the drafting of the manifesto is ongoing and will take another week.

Meanwhile, BJP General Secretary (Organization) BL Santhosh chaired the Party Core Committee and Election Commission Meeting at Hotel Orkid Polo Tower, Tura on Wednesday.

During his two-day visit, the saffron suit strategist met with the party’s candidates and several mandal chiefs and office holders.

Santhosh visited Tura to prepare the election roadmap for Garo Hills. The meeting was attended by senior leaders, Ernest Mawrie, the president of the state unit, and prabhari (the leadership) M Chuba Ao.

Santhosh also met the aspiring BJP candidates from Garo Hills.

Meeting with party members, he said anyone who wants to politically decimate BJP and South Tura MDC Vice President Bernard Marak should be taught the same lesson.

Santhosh argued that political wars should be fought politically and not brought to a personal level to harm one’s life. Santhosh compared the incident of Bernard Marak, who was involved in a ‘brothel case’, with Amit Shah, saying: On October 11, the Congress party tried to do the same with Amit Shah. They even sent him to prison. Now you know where Amit Shah is and where are these people who tried to attack him. I assure you that similarly, anyone who tried to decimate Marak should learn the same lesson, whoever it may be.

He asked the BJP volunteers, “Shouldn’t we take revenge? We will retaliate democratically and politically in this election.”

In a clash of the Titans, Meghalaya BJP Vice President Bernard Marak, who has been released from prison on bail, will contest the upcoming elections against South Tura Constituency Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

Bernard has spoken out about the irregularities of the NPP-led MDA government, where BJP is also a partner.

Known as a talent seeker, problem solver and organization builder, BL Santhosh wears many hats with equal ease. However, for Meghalaya, his skill in finding winnable factors during the election will prove important.

With just a month to go until the polls, Santhosh has been tasked with restoring party unity that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. According to sources, there was a discussion during the meeting about the strategies for the elections and campaigning.

As many as three lawmakers from Garo Hills, including an independent, joined the BJP in December. Two of them were from the ruling NPP. After this big catch, the BJP is doing everything it can to get a few seats in Garo Hills. Four-time MLA Samuel Sangma is an independent lawmaker from Baghmara constituency and is considered a heavyweight. NPP MLAs Benedict Marak (Raksamgre) and Fairlene Sangma (Selsella) have confirmed the Saffron Party’s hopes of making room in Garo Hills.

TMC legislator from Mawsynram (East Khasi Hills) Himalaya M Shangpliang also joined the BJP.

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