Tura, April 16: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has confirmed that it has yet to join the coalition with the NPP in the race to the formation of the Executive Committee to the GHADC. The latest development comes in the wake of the conclusion of the GHADC elections in which the NPP won 11 seats to the Congress’ 12.
The BJP with 2 MDCs, including Bernard Marak, the party’s state vice president, has confirmed that it wants to lead the GHADC as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) and would not support the coalition otherwise. Earlier the state president, Ernest Mawrie had reiterated their thought of not joining the NPP led coalition over charges of corruption.
Earlier there had been a thought that the BJP would play extremely hard to get and instead seek a coalition with itself in the lead.
The BJP today held a felicitation for the winners, Marak and Pramod Koch (Dalu) in a function this evening in Tura.
Meanwhile the NPP leaders, led by Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma met at least 3 independent winners in the MDC elections with the trio now being rushed to Shillong in an effort to ensure they cannot be poached as well as show their support to the Governor in case of an invite to form the EC.
The 3 independent candidates, Nathawal S Marak from Wagesik, Arbinstone Marak from Rochonpara and Aktar Ali from Zikzak had met the CM in his residence in Tura yesterday to provide their support to the NPP. They were moved this afternoon to the state capital.
Currently even with the support of the 3 independent MDCs, the NPP will not reach the figure of 15 that they require to lead the House. The lone GNC MDC, Nikman Marak has become crucial to all calculations of EC formation. Nikman however could not be contacted for comment. Meanwhile all seems quiet on the Congress’ front despite the party being the largest single party. The thought of whether the Congress would like to scurry its chances by seeking to lead the EC has been doing the rounds, though no senior leaders could be reached for comment on the matter.