By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Jan 23, 2018:
After resigning from the BJP, Keith Pariat who is the former District President of Shillong City today has formally joined the Congress party.
With the joining of Pariat to the party, the Congress received a major boost in North Shillong constituency. The former BJP leader was formally received at a function which was held at Congress Bhavan.
While speaking at the function, Pariat, who was also the State Executive Member of the BJP, said that he decided to left the BJP because of the mismanagement of the party by a section of the members.
According to him, there are many developments which should not have happened adding that the party is being run haphazardly.
The former BJP leader said that he joined the BJP in 2015 since he saw that Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a dashing and active and doing good for the country”.
He, however, said that things changed later when the tribes of the northeast began to fear (the agenda of the BJP).
“We can’t generally ignore things. The atmosphere in not conducive anymore for the tribals of the region,” Pariat added.
He also said that the party chief of the BJP in the state, Shibun Lyngdoh was being sidelined by other members.
He said that he joined the Congress because he felt that the northeastern region of the country is lagging behind to a great extent from other states in mainland India.
Apart from Pariat, other BJP members who joined the Congress were William Marbaniang, Wallambok Thangkhiew and Sunshine Warjri.
Meanwhile, speaking at the programme to felicitate the new entrants, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Dr Celestine Lyngdoh said that the opinion of each and every individual is important and every person’s suggestion is also absorbed.
Dr Lyngdoh also said that the resignation of the BJP members and joining the Congress is a message to every citizens of the country in general and Meghalaya in particular to look at the right direction.
Shillong Lok Sabha, MP, Vincent H Pala while welcoming the new entrants into the party said that they have realized that the BJP was not the party it used to be.
“From a political party, it has turned into a saffron party,” Pala said.
Pointing out at former Minister AL Hek who left the BJP to join the Congress and later re-joined the BJP, the Shillong Lok Sabha MP added, “One should not join just because he is compelled to join, or for profits or benefits.”