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Modi to visit poll-bound Meghalaya on Dec 16

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 7
Published on 7 Dec. 2017 11:55 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit poll-bound Meghalaya on December 16, where he will launch the BJP election campaign and inaugurate his party office in the state.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh was supposed to inaugurate the BJP’s office in Shillong on Thursday.
He, however, cancelled his trip to Meghalaya’s capital Shillong.
“Modi will spearhead the election campaign on December 16 at Polo ground. His campaign will boost the party’s prospects in the state,” State BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh said. The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government has been in power for the two consecutive terms.
BJP, which had no presence in the assembly, had announced its ambitious “Mission 40” for the elections to the Meghalaya Assembly.
Under “Mission 40”, BJP is targeting to win 40 seats in the 60-member Meghalaya assembly in the 2018 elections scheduled to be held in February-March next year.
“We are very hopeful that BJP will win the assembly elections and form the new government, as majority of the people in the state is fed up with the Congress,” Lyngdoh said.
BJP inside sources said that some Congress and Nationalist Congress Party legislators, besides independent legislators have been holding parleys with BJP leaders, including Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to join the saffron party.
Sarma is also the convenor of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a regional alliance of parties opposed to Congress.
Two opposition parties the United Democratic Party and National People’s Party are part of the North East Democratic Alliance. 
However, both the parties have decided not to have pre-poll alliance with the BJP in Meghalaya.

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