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State BJP leaders’ wait prolongs
SHILLONG: The national council member of BJP for Garo Hills Edmund Sangma and other leaders from Garo Hills are still camping in Delhi to know the response from the Central leaders regarding contesting Tura by poll scheduled to be held on May 16.
While the state leaders are keen to put up a candidate for the Tura seat, there is divided opinion on the part of central BJP leaders on the matter.
Since NPP is supporting the BJP-led ) NDA at the Centre, some top leaders of the party wanted the state BJP to support the NPP candidate Conrad Sangma, the son of late Tura MP PA Sangma. The state BJP delegation led by Edmund had met the national spokesperson of the party Nalin Kohli in this regard on Sunday and they will meet the party president Amit Shah on Tuesday, a party source said. The BJP members could not meet Shah on Monday as he was out of station. A decision whether to put up a candidate will be known either on Tuesday evening or the next day, a party leader said. The last date for filing nominations is on Friday and Edmund was projected to be the candidate of BJP for Tura seat by the party functionaries in Garo Hills.