BJP national spokesman Nalin Kohli today claimed that a non-Congress government will be formed in Meghalaya after the assembly elections next year. "A non-Congress government is a certainty as of on today when we assess the situation. Now the only question is who is going to be inducted in the non-Congress government and how many seats those parties will have. I don't think the Congress pitch anywhere shows confidence that they are going to win a third term," he told reporters here. Kohli alleged that chief minister Mukul Sangma and his party can only project everything against others but never speaks of their work because they have no performance. Stating that politics of performance and development is the way forward for India, Kohli said, "Meghalaya deserves not to be in the road map where in 2017 there are wooden bridges in the areas represented by the chief minister... We have crossed that wooden age." "What Mukul Sangma needs is a bridge to the people to explain to them why he has not done what he promised instead of finding faults with the BJP which has not govern in Meghalaya," he added. Asked whether the BJP is eyeing for a pre-poll alliance ahead of the elections, Kohli said an alliance can be pre-poll, an alliance can be post-poll but till an alliance is there every party will work for strengthening its own base. "What will happen in the future I can't say but that will not stop the BJP from identifying who we think are good (political parties).
In Assam, the alliance took place very close to the election, let see," he added. Asked how prepared is the BJP for the elections, the party national spokesman, while claiming that the preparation is far better than earlier, informed that they are already in the final stage of assessment of the seats. "We are in the final stage of assessment the seats and our preparedness for those seats in terms of candidates, of booths and what do we foresee and how do we rate the seats. The process started approximately two weeks ago and it will be over by end of August," he said. He said we have identified the seats based on three areas which is in term of seats that are ranked the highest potential (winning seats), credible performance and those which are not impossible but circumstances can make them good credible seats. "We are assessing all seats (60) in totality. Based on the assessment, a plan will be launched from September (on what we have to do) which is the activity towards the election," he said. Kohli said that winnability will be the benchmark for allotment of party ticket to the candidates for the upcoming elections. "Winnability is the critical factor. Elections are fought to win not to lose and in elections everyone's contribution is important - the organisation the candidate and the voters," he said adding "To us it (Meghalaya elections) is important. We have had our presence in the past we have been in government in the past and I see no doubt that we will be in the government in this election." On the recent political development in Tripura where six TMC MLAs joined the BJP, Kohli said that it is a good and happy indication for the party (in Meghalaya also) as it is a confirmation that people representatives do not want to be part of a sinking ship. He said the visit of BJP national general secretary (Organisation) Ramlalji to Meghalaya is purely for organisational works as elections are just six months away. Kohli informed that Ramlalji during his three-day visit to the state will also be visiting the party's office, which is proposed to be inaugurated by the national president Amit Shah later this month.
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