- The Saffron party surge after four MLAs join BJP during mega pubic rally
- BJP was expecting two former Garo Hills legislators to join their ranks
- Instead, party bagged four ex-MLAs, two were former Congress candidates
As the Legislative Assembly Elections are only a month away, the game of profit and loss has started. In this game, many parties are attaining profit and many are suffering from losses. The saffron party has recently gained profit as it has bagged four ex-MLAs from the rival parties during a public rally.
BJP expected two MLAs
On Friday, a mega public rally was conducted by the Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) at Mendal in Garo Hills. This rally turns out to be profitable for the party as it has bagged four ex-MLAs from the rival, two of them are former Congress candidates.
Two of the MLAs are former Tura MLA Billykid A Sangma and ex-Rangsakona legislator Adolf Lu Hitler R Marak, they have given a much-needed push to BJP in the Garo Hills ahead of campaigning for the assembly elections.
Both Billykid A Sangma and Adolf Lu Hitler Marak together with former legislators John Manner Marak and Omillo K Sangma were welcomed into the party by BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh at the Mendal rally.
Billykid had previously been tipped to be the NPP candidate for south Tura but instead, the ticket was given to the youngest daughter of Late P A Sangma and former Tura MP and union minister of state Agatha K Sangma.
Despite the setback to his candidature in the NPP, Billykid remains a formidable challenger in South Tura.
Billykid Sangma as the Congress candidate lost to Independent John Leslee K Sangma by just 18 votes from south Tura constituency in the 2013 elections.
They were separated by just a single vote when counting of EVM votes had concluded. John Leslee K Sangma had secured 6800 votes against Billykid’s 6799.
However, the balance tipped in favor of John Leslee when the postal ballots were counted. John Leslee secured 337 postal ballots while Billykid got 320 postal ballot votes. Both candidates pulled 36 percent of the vote in that election.
In his joining speech at Mendal, Billykid A Sangma told the large gathering of several thousand BJP supporters that it would be futile to lend support or back the NPP which is only an ally in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) when the BJP is already there holding the reins of government at the centre.
“I urge upon the people of Garo Hills to support the BJP because we will have a direct connection in dealing with the central government which will prove immensely beneficial for our state,” said Billykid Sangma.
In the case of Bajengdoba where two former legislators have joined the saffron party, Congress candidate Adolf Lu Hitler R Marak was defeated by Independent Brigady Marak by a mere 220 votes. The sitting NPP MLA, John Manner came a distant third.
However, with both Adolf Lu Hitler Marak and John Manner Marak joining hands the BJP is optimistic that the combined vote share of the two will be more than sufficient in sweeping the Bajengdoba region.