Shillong, Jan 19: All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader Bobeeta Sharma on Thursday said BJP will soon ‘swallow up’ the National People’s Party (NPP) and other regional parties in the state.
Addressing media persons, Sharma said that BJP always piggy rides on the regional parties and then they swallow up the regional parties.
“They had no candidates in Assam but they rode on the back of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and then they tried to make inroads into the political scene of the state of Assam. Similarly, they will do the same here. When you come from Guwahati, you see so many posters of the BJP as if it (Meghalaya) is a BJP state. This is not a BJP state as they have only two MLAs but NPP will soon be swallowed by the BJP, that is the message they are giving and that is why they are not pulling out (of the MDA government) as they have their own interest in hand,” Sharma said.
She said the BJP state president Ernest Mawrie had himself made a press statement calling the NPP-led MDA government the most corrupt government. “So you can imagine that if an ally himself says that his government is corrupt but at the same time with all due respect to Ernest Mawrie he very earnestly had the press meet but he did not take any action with all earnestness – so you can imagine his good intention in saying that. On one hand you see that the BJP talks about the NPP being corrupt but they don’t do anything about it,” she added.
Sharma further alleged that the BJP has already started buying NPP MLAs. “NPP people are joining the BJP. They have already started doing that and it is not very long before they will end like AGP in Assam,” she said.
Mathew Anthony, also an AICC media coordinator, said the BJP has their vested interest in staying in the government. “…when you are a participant there you are an equal partner there, so you have your interest, you have your returns that are coming in, the looting is shared so that is why they are staying.”
He cited that the BJP has crippled the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu.
“You look at the antecedent of the people, we don’t have to speak, they speak for themselves. How they destroy democracy by practices. For them, it is only absolute power with lies and fake promises,” Anthony said while adding “…whenever they tied up with regional parties, they have destroyed them, so why will NPP not fear the BJP in the nearby future.”