BJP will have more lies and false dreams in Vision Document for Meghalaya, alleges Congress
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BJP will have more lies and false dreams in Vision Document for Meghalaya, alleges Congress

Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi alleges BJP and RSS are using regional parties as ‘Trojan Horse’. ‘People have to realise that voting for a regional party whether it is United Democratic Party or National People’s Party is the same as voting for the BJP.’

Meghalaya Elections 2018 Updated: Feb 16, 2018 15:39 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Shillong
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi clicks a selfie with a supporter during a visit to Jowai in Meghalaya last month. The state goes to polls on February 27.(PTI File Photo)

Meghalaya’s ruling Congress on Wednesday charged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with seeking to spread “more lies and false dreams” in its Vision Document for the state to be released in Shillong by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the February 27 assembly elections.

“Tomorrow (Thursday), BJP will release its Vision Document. But the question is whether there is a need to release another document when they have not been able to achieve anything that was promised in the 2014 Vision Document,” Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi said.

“Therefore, what are they going to release tomorrow? They will only release more lies and false dreams and create more frustration among the people of Meghalaya,” he said.

Gogoi said it is only the Congress that can fulfil the aspiration of the young people in Meghalaya.

Attacking the regional parties for allowing BJP’s “falsehoods” to come in through backdoor, Gogoi said, “They (BJP-RSS) are using the regional parties as their Trojan Horse. People have to realise that voting for a regional party whether it is United Democratic Party (UDP) or National People’s Party (NPP) is the same as voting for the BJP.”

He appealed to the people of Meghalaya to realise that this election is more about “protecting the unique identity, culture, and expression of faith of the people of Meghalaya because development is not going to happen under the BJP”.

Attacking NPP’s chief ministerial candidate Conrad Sangma, Gogoi said, “My simple question to NPP CM candidate is that if you could not get a simple visa of the president of the world Baptist alliance, what highways will you build? What roads will you built, what jobs will you create?”

Countering BJP’s accusation that Congress is communalising the Meghalaya elections on religious lines, he said: “BJP itself needs to answer why in Madhya Pradesh where they have their own government pastors are beaten, why are they are looking at festivals like Christmas and Good Friday to rename and convert into a government-sponsored programme like Good Governance Day and Digital India Day. So BJP itself is dividing, divisive.... but Congress, as the word suggests, means people coming together.”

Gogoi also maintained that his party is “known for ensuring peace, allowing every community to have its own voice, its own political representative, and own platform to express their culture”, but the BJP “believes in a uniform culture, and in their case, the half pant uniform from Nagpur (the RSS headquarters)”.

“People of Meghalaya can teach the RSS one or two things about India,” he said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 21:14 IST