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BJP riding piggyback on regional parties: Mukul

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SHILLONG, March 5 - Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the BJP is trying to ride piggyback on and �fire from the shoulders� of regional parties �although the people have rejected the party.�

In a press briefing at the Secretariat, Sangma said the BJP is controlling the entire government formation with the regional parties and is organising press meets and taking crucial decisions on allotment of Cabinet berths.

Asked about his opinion about the new government, Sangma said that Meghalaya has a history of political instability and indicated that the new government would also not be stable.

He further said that the Congress would �wait and watch� and would take steps as and when required. Incidentally, the Congress has a record of being in the government in all the previous nine Assemblies, right from 1972 when Meghalaya was carved out from composite Assam.

The regional parties have had a history of shifting allegiance from one side to the other. In fact, the last coalition government led by the NCP in 2008 collapsed within a year when the UDP shifted its allegiance to the Congress.

However, Sangma said that the new government should look into some of the works done by his government and try to build on the schemes if they find that these would help the development of the state.

�Even at the Centre, some of the schemes of the Congress government are still in place and being taken forward by the present government,� he said.

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BJP riding piggyback on regional parties: Mukul

SHILLONG, March 5 - Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that the BJP is trying to ride piggyback on and �fire from the shoulders� of regional parties �although the people have rejected the party.�

In a press briefing at the Secretariat, Sangma said the BJP is controlling the entire government formation with the regional parties and is organising press meets and taking crucial decisions on allotment of Cabinet berths.

Asked about his opinion about the new government, Sangma said that Meghalaya has a history of political instability and indicated that the new government would also not be stable.

He further said that the Congress would �wait and watch� and would take steps as and when required. Incidentally, the Congress has a record of being in the government in all the previous nine Assemblies, right from 1972 when Meghalaya was carved out from composite Assam.

The regional parties have had a history of shifting allegiance from one side to the other. In fact, the last coalition government led by the NCP in 2008 collapsed within a year when the UDP shifted its allegiance to the Congress.

However, Sangma said that the new government should look into some of the works done by his government and try to build on the schemes if they find that these would help the development of the state.

�Even at the Centre, some of the schemes of the Congress government are still in place and being taken forward by the present government,� he said.

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