SHILLONG, Oct 23 - After BJP created history by bagging its first District Council seat in Garo Hills of Meghalaya, that too in Chief Minister Mukul Sangma�s Assembly constituency, an embarassed Sangma has vowed to ensure BJP�s tally remains zero in the 2018 Assembly elections.
The BJP, after winning the seat and Congress losing its grip over the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), stated that the Congress was �losing ground� in the State and the Council elections were an ominous sign to that effect.
�I will ensure that the BJP will not get even a single seat in the 2018 Assembly elections,� a fuming Sangma said here when asked about the BJP�s statement.
The first Council seat for the BJP was won from Zikzak, South Garo Hills. The BJP had fielded six candidates in the elections and Bhupendra B Hajong defeated Jogdish Ch Hajong of Congress by 935 votes in Zikzak.
National People�s Party (NPP) emerged as the single largest party with 10 seats. Congress and Independents bagged seven seats each, Garo National Council three seats, BJP and NCP one seat each, in the 30-member Council.
Sangma gave a host of reasons, including anti-incumbency factor, militancy, boycott call by NGOs and party rebels, for the Congress� debacle in GHADC elections. He said candidates who didn�t get Congress tickets became rebels and contested the elections as Independent candidates.