PM to start BJP’s poll campaign in Meghalaya on December 16

Shillong/Guwahati, December 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart campaign for the BJP in poll-bound Meghalaya on December 16. The elections for the 60 member Assembly is likely to be held early next year.

“The BJP headquarters have directed us to prepare for the visit of the Prime Minister on December 16,” state BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh said.

PM Modi’s itinerary would include the inauguration of a BJP office near the official residence of the Chief Minister and address a public meeting at the Polo Grounds later.

“With the Prime Minister’s rally, we will start our election campaign in the state. Given the mood of the people, we are confident that the BJP will do very well in the elections,” Lyngdoh said.

Meghalaya-based United Democratic Party and National People’s Party are part of a BJP-floated platform of non-Congress parties, Northeast Democratic Alliance. However, these parties have refrained from forming any alliance with the BJP for the assembly polls.

The UDP and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party have stitched a pre-poll alliance between them. The NPP is a partner in the BJP-led government in Manipur. The Congress, meanwhile, has started the process to select candidates.

With the Congress also battling anti-incumbency, the BJP is confident of a strong showing in the Assembly election.

The Congress is in power in the state since May 2009 and the tenure of the current Assembly expires on March 6.

Edited by: Arnab Jyoti Das