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Will attend BJP event if invited, Hek reiterates

SHILLONG: Congress legislator AL Hek said on Wednesday, a day after the state party leadership warned MLAs against meeting Amit Shah, that he would definitely attend the inauguration of the BJP office in the city if invited as it was his “personal matter”.
The former minister said “there is nothing wrong” in attending a house-warming party.
BJP national president Shah will inaugurate the party office on September 28 and many legislators from various parties are likely to meet him.
But Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee chief DD Lapang on Tuesday warned of action against those Congress MLAs who would meet Shah.
Asserting that he respects senior leader and veteran politician Lapang, Hek said, “If I attend a house warming party, it is my personal matter and it does not mean that I will talk politics there. If Kiren Rijiju or Rajnath Singh invites me to his house warming, does it mean that I should not go there because he is from BJP.”
According to Hek, Lapang had called him earlier but he could not pick up the phone as he was busy in a meeting of the Dorbar Shnong and later he called up Lapang but they could not speak and the matter ended there.
Lapang’s warning came in the wake of Hek’s revelation that he would attend the inauguration of the BJP office in Shillong if invited.
The state Congress chief, however, did not elaborate on what action would be taken against the MLAs who meet Shah.
According to BJP, seven MLAs from the ruling government, including Congress MLAs, are scheduled to meet Shah on September 28 to discuss plans to join the saffron party.
When contacted, BJP spokesperson Basu Chakraborty said seven MLAs are definitely joining BJP.
“With these developments, DD Lapang and Mukul Sangma are feeling insecure and so they are talking rubbish,” he said and added that there would be a “big change” in state politics after Shah’s visit.

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