Amid rumours of the saffron camp withdrawing support to the coalition; the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader – Sanbor Shullai noted that his party will continue to support the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government.
Shullai’s comments came almost a month after the BJP’s Meghalaya in-charge M Chuba Ao asserted that the party would soon take a call on whether to continue its support to the NPP-led government in the state, following allegations of corruption against the Conrad K Sangma dispensation.
“The BJP will not withdraw from the alliance, and will complete its stipulated term in the coalition,” stated Shullai.
Sanbor was backed by the party’s Meghalaya president – Ernest Mawrie, who claimed that Ao made the comment without seeking input from other state leaders.
Shullai, who is also a cabinet minister stated that withdrawing support to the government at this juncture would create a wrong perception among its supporters.
“He (Ao) did not consult the state leaders. I have informed our central leadership about the matter,” Mawrie said.
The BJP, with two MLAs, is an ally of the National People’s Party-led coalition government in the state. Besides, the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance has 48 MLAs, including 23 of the NPP, in the 60-member assembly.