BJP’s MLA for South Shillong, Sanbor Shullai, has urged Trinamool Congress and Congress Party leaders to apply for Bharatiya Janata Party tickets if they are not confident of winning with their respective parties.
Calling the Congress and TMC desperate enough to steer up fears about the BJP’s Hindutva roots to seek Christian votes, Shullai slammed both parties for continuously banging on about religious issues.
Shullai instead challenged them to fight the election on development, which is vital to the growth of the state and country.
“Till now no one from the Christian community in Meghalaya has ever felt or been threatened by the BJP, its leaders or any of its karyakartas (party workers),” a press release from the BJP said.
In fact, 80 percent of the state BJP’s office bearers are Christians, Shullai added, and Nagaland, which is 98 percent Christian, has 12 elected BJP MLAs. “Manipur this very year elected seven Christian BJP MLAs from the hills,” Shullai said. “In Christian-dominated South Goa, the BJP won nine seats in 2022 to improve its 2017 tally of five seats.”
The party also pointed to other examples, including in Mizoram and a Gujarati Christian BJP member’s win in the recent Assembly elections there.
“It is imperative that the Congress and TMC do their homework well and if they cannot deliver on their poll promises, they should not even try to make this attempt to fool voters by seeking sympathy votes in the name of religion. Instead, they should join the BJP for development,” Shullai added.