BJP state president Ernest Mawrie on Tuesday expressed confidence that the party will win double digits in 2023.
Speaking to reporters, Mawrie said, “I am telling you this time we will win double digit and we hope that we will form a government which will focus on development.”
He informed that the party will contest from all the 60 Assembly seats.
“Of these, we have around 40 plus potential seats which we have already identified candidates but we cannot declare their names officially as yet,” he said.
According to him, the party is ready for elections in all the constituencies which they have identified the candidates. “We are very strong and we will surely win election in those constituencies.”
Further, the BJP state president informed that five sitting legislators belonging to different political parties have expressed their keen interest to join the party ahead of the elections.
“By first week of December, the picture will be clearer but we are in touch with five MLAs. They are very keen to join us and they have already given a word to join our party,” he said.
Mawrie said that there is a good chance for BJP to win more seats in Meghalaya because of its good works. He cited that hundreds of schemes have been launched by the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Even the free rice – popularly known as U khaw Modi – has reached to the poor people at the grassroot…We are not only giving lip service, we promise to the people and we deliver. We are also helping the labourers to avail that insurance scheme. All these schemes help the party to bring people closer to the BJP because other parties promise we will resolve boundary dispute, we will give you road from where they will give – that is why we always request the people to give chance for the BJP in this coming election,” he said.
Moreover, Mawrie asserted the need for a double engine government in Meghalaya.
“If there is a BJP government in Delhi and there is also a BJP government in Meghalaya then definitely it will change the scenario in Meghalaya just like Assam. In Assam, each and every district is having a medical college, a cancer hospital, an engineering college, road infrastructure, flyovers. Therefore, we also this time think the citizens of Meghalaya want development,” he said.
Asked if the recent statement of union minister for law Kiren Rijiju is an indication that Meghalaya will be given ILP only if BJP gets more MLAs in 2023, the state president however said, “ILP is under the observation of the MHA and we will see, we cannot give any comment now and also from the party, we always request the central government to look into the matter so we are waiting for them to take a call.”