SHILLONG: The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP) has expressed anguish over the statement of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Manish Tiwari, on Tuesday that the BJP was routed by the UPA in 2004 and 2009 inspite of declaring the PM’s candidate.
In a press communiqué released here on Wednesday BJP State Unit general secretary, Dipayan Chakraborty, said that Tiwari’s statement is not taken seriously by the people of the country and he had no right to comment on the BJP leadership. “Narendra Modi is the popular leader of the masses and lakhs of BJP members in the country,” Chakraborty said.
“That the BJP was routed by the UPA in 2004 and 2009 in spite of declaring the PM candidate is a ridiculous statement,” said Chakraborty adding, “Narendra Modi is the fittest leader to lead the country and the Constitution of the country has not barred any political party to declare their Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the election; so his (Manish Tiwari) statement is fallacious.”
Meanwhile, informing about their meeting with BJP national president Rajnath Singh and national general secretary (Org.) Ramlal on September 18 at Guwahati, Chakraborty said that the party high command discussed about the Parliamentary seats in Meghalaya and asked the State party leaders to strengthen the organization of the party in the State.
Meanwhile, the BJP has expressed shock that Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma was only speaking tough in the media, but has remained soft at the ground. Chakraborty referred to the death of four innocent people who were killed in the Chief Minister’s constituency (Ampati) but no action was taken by him and his Government.
Referring to the rape accused police officer, Nurul Islam, the BJP expressed concern over the inability of the police to catch the accused.
The BJP also raised concern over the bandh called by the agitating groups in Garo Hills, stating that the bandhs have hit the economy in Garo Hills due to the Government’s lack of efforts in taking corrective steps at the correct time.