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BJP will rule all 8 NE states by Nov 2018: Himanta Biswa Sharma

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:00
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Guwahati, September 11: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said he is confident that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies will come to power in all the eight north-eastern states by November 2018. He declared it is the new mission for the party set by national president Amit Shah.

Sharma while speaking to news agency PTI said that in February 2018, Meghalaya and Tripura will go for election and BJP will win in both of them. And then in November 2018, he is hopeful to win in Mizoram as well.

About the ‘new mission’ of the party in North-eastern India, the Assam minister said, “As of now, we have five states with us… as BJP and with our allies. Recently, we had a convention on north-east political parties. Our national president has said that we should get eight out of eight. This is a new mission for us.”

About the resignation of some BJP leaders in Meghalaya over the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle in animal markets for slaughter, Sarma said the party has clarified in no uncertain terms that it does not want to interfere with the food habit of anybody.

“I think if somebody is eating something which they feel is good for them, culturally, they feel that it is part of their food habit, we are no one to ask them to change that. Sharma added that the party has told Meghalaya BJP leaders that it does not want to interfere in the food habits.

“So, we have said in no uncertain terms, while we like that people should have certain food habits, we do not want to impose that. Because, our liking should not be imposed on somebody else,” he said.

“We have told them categorically and it has nothing to do with election. We are saying if you have a particular food habit, continue with that. We have no issue,” he said, adding those issues are “of the past and we have gone beyond that.” Sarma was in Hyderabad to attend the GST Council meeting on Saturday.

“I am confident that by November 2018, we will have all the eight states with BJP or with our allies,” Sarma said. (Agencies)

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