Tura, Jan 5: BJP national president Amit Shah will address a public gathering at Tikrikilla in West Garo Hills in poll bound Meghalaya. The maiden visit of Shah in Tikrikilla, which is a BJP stronghold will set the ball rolling for the upcoming election, where KC Boro, a former Congress minister is the BJP’s candidate.
Shah will be accompanied by Union tourism minister KJ Alphons, who is also the in-charge for elections in Meghalaya, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, national spokesperson Nalin Kohli, Pradesh BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh, amongst other senior BJP leaders to attend the rally.
In the last three months, there were several schedules which were planned in Meghalaya for Shah’s visit but were changed for at least three times. His visit to Meghalaya will be highly significant as the party is looking forward to make in the state.
Amit Shah will be on a three-day tour to the poll-bound north eastern states – Meghalaya and Tripura starting on Saturday. Shah will reach Meghalya on Saturday and address a public rally and inaugurate the party’s office in Shillong.
He is also expected to address two rallies and attend party meetings in Tripura during his two-day stay on January 7 and 8, a party leader said.
The polls in Tripura and Meghalaya, which have 60 assembly seats each, is likely to be held next month. In Tripura, the BJP has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling CPI (M), while in Meghalaya it is in contest with the Congress.
In December last, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked chief minister Mukul Sangma and his other cabinet colleagues over alleged corruption cases, wherein he had set the tone for the BJP’s campaign – “rally for change”.
Elaborately arrangements are being made for Shah’s maiden election rally in Garo hills, with top BJP functionaries in the ground gearing up for Saturday’s rally. The BJP is expecting over 10,000 crowd in the rally and are enthusiastic that the visit will pave way for the party to make a major impact is setting the tone for the upcoming election.
“We have a lot of expectation from Tikrikilla as our candidate is very strong and we are confident that the rally will boost the morale of the BJP supporters and party workers”, said Pradesh BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh.
After addressing the rally at Tikrikilla, Shah will inaugurate the newly-constructed BJP’s office in Shillong. The National People’s Party (NPP), which is an ally of BJP in Centre, had on Thursday demonstrated its strength in Shillong by bringing in five sitting Congress legislators to its fold and three from other parties.
In the recent political development, which has further embarrassed the Congress after the CBI booked its leader Ampareen Lyngdoh in connection with education department’s recruitment scam, it would be interesting to see whether Shah makes any reference to corruption cases in Meghalaya.