The winter is getting colder in the state but the equation of the election is definitely turning up the heat in the political galleries of Meghalaya. War of Words is taking the driving seat and somehow, the cold war between the parties is no more any cold. Parties are slamming each other, politicians are taking a dig into the rivalries, rallies are on and people of Meghalaya are seated in the podium of an electorial-arena.
Just a day before, one of the Congress leaders said that the National People’s Party is acting as the ‘B’ Party for BJP. All India Mahila Congress (AIMC) chief Sushmita Dev slammed NPP while addressing the members of Mahila Congress in Shillong on Thursday.
The leader said, “The NPP is playing a major role to help the BJP create its strong base in Meghalaya. The NPP is the team B of the BJP. Therefore, it makes no difference whether you vote for the NPP or the BJP.”
Sushmita Dev didn’t stop there, she targetted NPP for making the way for the communal forces (Read RSS, VHP) to enter Meghalaya. And added that the PM is in an urge to get the grab of Meghalaya at any cost, to hold the position firm in Northeast.
How is NPP helping to saffronize the state of Meghalaya?
Well, not directly in the state. But NPP backs BJP at the center. Does that mean, the claim of INC leader from Silchar stands true? The party (NPP) was formed to oppose INC at every front and hence shook hands with the Saffron Party.
While the Modi-Wave was at its peak during the elections of 2014, the former Lok Sabha Speaker, Late Mr. P.A. Sangma had announced that his party would support Mr. Narendra Modi’s PM bid. Late Mr. Sangma met the then Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, assured him that NPP would support him. Clearly, the party doesn’t have an issue having a strong Hinduvadi leader to steer the country.
In Manipur, BJP managed to get the higher share of votes and didn’t hang up. NPP’s chief Conrad Sangma extended the full support of NPP to BJP in making the government, which means NPP doesn’t seem to have any problem with the saffronization of the neighbouring state like Manipur and of course, in Assam as well. Though Assam BJP didn’t seek or we can say that it didn’t need any aid from NPP there.
On Manipur, Mr. Conrad Sangma had said that the party is in alliance with BJP at the center, hence the support had to come naturally.
Conrad Said, “Basically we are partners of the NDA at the centre and we are the members of North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). So, it was natural for us to form the government with the BJP”.
But then, can we say that the points of Sushmita Dev are not out of the box? Maybe, maybe not. And the dilemma reminds me of the quote
“There can’t be smoke, without fire”