Meghalaya polls: PM Modi has requested Pope Francis to visit India, says BJP’s Rituraj Sinha

The BJP campaign tagline will be ‘M Power Meghalaya’ which stands for a Modi-powered Meghalaya, Sinha said.

| Updated: 02 February, 2023 7:02 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent out an invite to Pope Francis to visit India, said  BJP National Secretary Rituraj Sinha on Thursday after the party announced the names of its candidates for Assembly elections in Meghalaya. The state goes to polls on February 27 along with Nagaland. Meghalaya has over 90 percent Christian populations.

“It was during Atal Bihari’s prime ministership that Pope John Paul II visited India. Last month, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Shillong that said that he has requested Pope Francis to visit India,” said Sinha in an exclusive chat with The New Indian.

Prime Minister  Modi called on Pope Francis in October 2021 and had extended an invite to him to visit India back then.

The Meghalaya assembly election 2023 will be held on February 27 in a single phase. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest the election in all 60 assembly seats in the Meghalaya Election 2023.

The BJP campaign tagline will be ‘M Power Meghalaya’ which stands for a Modi-powered Meghalaya, Sinha said.

“People of Meghalaya have suffered at the hands of Congress for several years. Congress rule has resulted in high corruption, dynasty politics and slow growth. Even in the last five years, while a lot has been done, a lot needs to be done. Modi is the only person who can empower Meghalaya”

Conrad Kongkal Sangma is the current Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The BJP is a minority coalition partner with Sangam’s National People’s Party (NPP). In 2018, it won 2 seats security 9.6 per cent of the votes cast.

Nagaland-Assam border issue features as a major poll issue. “The border issues are long pending and it can be solved only by a strong government that will facilitate negotiations with other states and the Centre,” Sinha said.

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