Khyriem said he took the step in protest against the BJP's decision not to nominate a candidate in West Shillong assembly constituency, besides the "anti-minorities stand" of the BJP.
"The 'dictatorial attitude' not to nominate a candidate in the Constituency speaks volumes of the BJP's tyrannical mindset and the despotic choice," Khyriem told IANS after he joined the Congress along with his supporters.
"We failed to understand the idea behind BJP decision not to nominate a candidate from West Shillong assembly constituency, a seat which the BJP had won in the last Shillong parliamentary elections," he said.
"Everyone is aware of the anti-minorities stand of the BJP. We have also seen in the media reports that the central government has rejected the visa application of a global Christian leader Reverend Paul Msiza to attend 150 years of Christianity in Garo Hills region," he said.
The visa application of the Baptist World Alliance leader was rejected by the Consulate General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, a move which was criticised by the Christian community in poll-bound Meghalaya.
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