BJP ‘match fixing’ with NPP in Meghalaya elections: Congress

Meghalaya’s ruling Congress on Thursday accused the BJP of ‘match fixing’ with the National People’s Party (NPP), while terming the United Democratic Party (UDP) its ‘side player’ for the February 27 assembly polls.

Ridiculing the BJP’s vision document for Meghalaya polls released by Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Congress said the BJP is “nationally known now for selling dreams, making false promises and betraying the mandate and people”.

“Even if there are denials by (NPP president) Conrad Sangma or the UDP (on the secret understanding), I will say they have not mastered the art of doublespeak to that extent that they can befool the people because they are part of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA),” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma told journalists.

Accusing the NPP and UDP of being funded by the BJP, he said: “I say it with full sense of responsibility that you can check what are their sources of funding and you will find eventually the path leading to Guwahati and they are getting ample funding from the BJP.”

Recalling that Sangma was supported by the BJP during the Tura Lok Sabha by-election, Sharma appealed to the voters to be aware of the sinister plot and not to be misled by those who are claiming that they will be able to accelerate development.

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