Guwahati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Pynthorumkhrah, Alexander Laloo Hek has said that the party was firm on its decision to quit the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government even though he said that the central leadership of the party will take a call on this at an “appropriate time”.
Asked if there are any differences on the issue of pulling out of the government, Hek said that there was no such thing.
”For me, our stand is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow,” he said.
He said that various individuals tussling for the party ticket are a good sign for the BJP.
“Everybody wants to contest from the BJP which is a good sign for the party which shows that it is merging in the state and it will lead the government in 2023.
The BJP leader also said that no decision has been taken as to whom tickets will be given in the various constituencies the party is going to contest from.
It may be reminded that the BJP with two MLAs —Hek and Cabinet Minister Sanbor Shullai, has been supporting the MDA government, led by the NPP.
BJP’s state president Ernest Mawrie, former Health and Family Welfare Minister Hek, and national vice president and party’s Meghalaya in-charge M. Chuba Ao have separately said that the state party leaders unanimously decided to withdraw support from the MDA government but the final decision would be taken by the central leadership.
Meanwhile, Mawrie also echoed the same feeling made by Hek that the final decision on quitting the government will be taken by the central leadership of the BJP.
“We have already sent feedback to the central leaders and they will give us the direction,” the state BJP president said.
He said that there are no differences among the leaders of the party in the state.
On the matter of the tussle for the party tickets, Mawrie said that the party is yet to decide on the issue even as he took exception to some party leaders briefing the media.
“This is very wrong, they are not authorized to do so,” he said.
Last week two aspiring candidates of the party from North Shillong – Martamlin Pyrbot and Michael Kharsyntiew addressed the media that there are rumours that tickets have been allotted to a particular candidate from the constituency creating a lot of confusion among the people.