Meghalaya BJP leader Alexander Laloo Hek

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Meghalaya, Alexander Laloo Hek on August 8 exuded confidence that the party will make impressive gains in the 2023 state assembly elections.

“The BJP will contest in not less than 40 seats and they have a great chance to win at least 10-15 seats,” Hek, a former health and family welfare minister in the ruling National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, said.

“People in Meghalaya are looking at the BJP as an alternative due to the pro-people policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi. There are already some legislators and leaders from other political parties who are in touch with me and have expressed their desire to contest election from our party,” Hek said, adding that the sitting legislators will be joining the party at an appropriate time.

Hek, who is also one the longest-serving BJP legislator in the 60-member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, said that the party leaders are already in the process of strategizing the upcoming elections in the state.

“I don’t want to say anything much now but we are on a war footing to strengthen our party at the grassroot level,” he said.

Reacting on the arrest of state BJP vice-president, Bernard N Marak, who is accused of running a prostitution racket from his farmhouse, Hek said: “Let the law take its own course. Whatever decision comes we will accept it. I don’t see any political vendetta and it is too early to ascertain it.”

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