Shillong: In a setback to the ruling Congress in poll-bound Meghalaya, its senior legislator Alexander L Hek and three other MLAs joined the BJP today.
Apart from Hek, former deputy speaker Sanbor Shullai (who also headed the NCP in the state until last year) and two independents -- Justine Dkhar and Robinus Syngkon -- joined the party at a rally here along with another member of the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council Hambertus Nongtdu.
Union minister of state for tourism minister K J Alphons, who is also the election-in-charge of the BJP in Meghalaya, said the party will "throw" the Congress out of power in Meghalaya.
"We are going to throw the most corrupt government in Meghalaya (from power). Mr chief minister, your days are numbered. This is just the beginning," Alphons claimed, while welcoming the new entrants to the party.
"You (Meghalayans) have been ruled by the Congress which deprived you of what you deserved. Your ministers have stolen your money. This has to stop," he said.
Addressing the rally, Northeast in-charge of the BJP, Ram Madhav, said, "What a way to welcome the New Year with four MLAs. I have no doubt they will continue to be re-elected as MLAs again," he said.
Terming it a 'ghar wapsi' for Hek, Madhav said, "The BJP is the present and future of India and Meghalaya's future is the BJP."
Hek had earlier contested on BJP ticket in 1998, 2003 and 2008. He joined the Congress in 2009 and was re-elected in the 2013 elections retaining the Pynthorumkhrah seat.
Earlier, the MLAs jointly tendered their resignation letters to speaker A T Mondal.
'No negative impact on Congress'
Former Meghalaya chief minister D D Lapang on Tuesday said the exodus of the legislators to other political parties will have no negative impact on the ruling party.
"Those who are not comfortable have gone away and those who went on their own could not take lock, stock and barrel with them as the original Congress supporters are there," the veteran Congress legislator told journalists.
"There will be no negative impact. I believe in the principle that no one is indispensable," Lapang added.