SHILLONG |Feb 28, 2019:

With the demand for the ouster of the BJP from the NPP-led MDA government in Meghalaya grows louder, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today denied reports of the United Democratic Party (UDP) making the same demand.

“The comment to remove the BJP from the Alliance has come from an individual. It is not an official statement of the party,” Sangma said while talking to reporters here today.

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The demand for the removal of the BJP from the government grew louder post Citizenship Amendment Bills imbroglio in the Northeast and the pro-CAB statement made by BJP president Amit Shah, weeks after the bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha.

Earlier, the UDP vice president had stated that the party is firm on its stand to demand the ouster of the BJP from the NPP led coalition Government in Meghalaya.

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“We are firm on our stand that the BJP should no longer be part of the NPP led MDA Government. We are just waiting for the time to see the BJP out of coalition Government in the State,” UDP vice president, Allantry F Dkhar had told media persons.

It may be mentioned that in the present House, the BJP has two MLAs — Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek and Meghalaya Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) chairman, Sanbor Shullai.

Chief Minister, however, stated that the stand of the NPP was very clear that they would break their ties with the BJP only if they passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

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“In fact, we would respect the stand of the two MLAs who had supported the resolution to oppose the CAB. The chapter is closed there and it is not necessary to rake up again,” he said.

To a question that the UDP leaders are uncomfortable having any ties with the BJP especially with the CAB taking centre stage, he said that the matter pertaining to UDP leaders being comfortable would be discussed in the meeting and issues would be sorted out.



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