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No difference with MDA despite war of words, says BJP’s Hek

Shillong, Sep 14: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and Health Minister AL Hek today said that there are no differences between his party and the others in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition, though he made it clear that any decision on pulling out the saffron party from the coalition government has to come from the party’s central leadership.
The BJP has been involved in a war of words over the last few days with its allies over alleged corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and its Jaiñtia Hills equivalent (JHADC).
The BJP has two MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, with Hek the lone minister from the party in the government, which is led by the National People’s Party.
“It was the leadership of the party from the centre who came here and worked out the modalities for the formation of the MDA government (back in 2018 after the last election),” Hek said. “Therefore any such decision (on withdrawing) would depend on the central leadership and not the state party.”
On the state BJP’s demand for a CBI inquiry into the alleged misuse of central funds in the two district councils, Hek said that the party has the right to raise questions when it appears that something is amiss.
“I have spoken and will also write to the government to inquire into the findings of the party related to misutilisation of funds in the district councils,” Hek said.
One BJP MDC is part of the Executive Committee in the GHADC, but the party’s MDCs in the JHADC sit on the opposition benches. However, Hek said he has discussed with the JHADC chief about the need for the BJP to work together with the Executive Committee there.