He may be thought of as given to theatrics but maverick politician Sanbor Shullai could be the chief ministerial candidate of a certain political party that is apparently eager to woo him over to its side.
Without willing to name the outfit, the South Shillong MLA, who is one of two BJP legislators in the Assembly, said, “I was told if you join us we will make you the chief ministerial face of the party during the election,” Shullai said today.
With the Trinamool Congress having already netted 12 Congress MLAs, the speculation is that Shullai will join the West Bengal-based party. However, he said that there are actually several parties that have approached him ahead of the 2023 state elections, likening the process to the way football players are scouted.
“Not only TMC, but Congress, Republican Party of India and National People’s Party all are inviting me to join them,” he stated.
Shullai also evoked little interest in describing the TMC as a ‘Bengali’ party, saying that such labels are bandied about during campaigning but mean little. Supporting his argument, he said that the NPP is often described as a Garo party and the United Democratic Party a Khasi party.
None of the parties that are apparently trying to bring him over to their side has so far found success, however, as Shullai said he remains committed to the BJP under Narendra Modi, who has already promised to give much to Meghalaya.