SHILLONG: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Shillong Parliamentary constituency, Sanbor Shullai on Saturday claimed that the recent raging issue of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is a dead subject now.
Talking to newsmen, after the announcement of his candidature as the BJP candidate for Shillong Parliamentary seat, Shullai said that he was happy with the decision of the BJP central leadership and was hopeful that the people would elect him.
Asked if the issue over CAB would have any bearing on the BJP’s prospect, Shullai said that he was the first MLA from the state to head to Delhi and submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister opposing the CAB and said that the people knew it all and that he stood for them.
He further said that though the time was short , the party workers would go to to campaign for the party in the run up to the polls.
On the other hand, State BJP president, Shibun Lyngdoh said, that the decision to field a candidate or not was in the hands of the central leadership.
He pointed out that in the last MP elections, he had managed to get almost one lakh vote, and now with the candidature of a tall leader like Shullai, the party has a very good chance of winning the Shillong seat.
On the NGT ban on coal mining, Lyngdoh said that the BJP was not voted to full power in Meghalaya or else the story would have been different as far as NGT ban on coal mining was concerned.
When asked why the party did not field a candidate in Tura, he said that the party had sent few names but it was the prerogative of the High Command to take a final call on the matter.
Meanwhile, BJP leader AL Hek said that they had to ensure victory for Shullau by working at the grassroots and they will not leave any stone unturned to ensure victory.
Acknowledging that the time is short, Hek said that they would go full throttle in the campaign trail.
Pointing out the various developmental projects initiated by the centre, Hek said that they would strengthen the bond at the state and the centre and would work together.
He assured that together with the MDA they would bring about the required change.