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Setback to BJP in poll-bound Meghalaya as senior leader joins Congress

IANS  |  Shillong 

In a major setback to the BJP before the February 27 Assembly polls, the party's joined the ruling party with hundred of his supporters on Saturday.

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," told IANS after he joined the 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.

The has pitted Mohendro Rapsang against veteran sitting and nominee Havergail Bareh.

Moreover, Khyriem said that his decision to quit the BJP was also because of the anti-minorities stand of the saffron party, which is unacceptable to the people of

"Everyone is aware of the anti-minorities stand of the BJP. We have also seen in the that the central government has rejected the visa application of a global Christian Reverend to attend 150 years of Christianity in region," he said.

The visa application of the was rejected by the of in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, a move which was criticised by the Christian community in poll-bound

The is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organisations, formed in 1905 in

Khyriem voiced confidence that the Congress will retain power in as people have more faith and confidence in the Congress party.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:50 IST