“It was a discussion, not a decision,” he said while reiterating that the decision to remove Mawrie from the post of president has to be taken by the BJP and not the NPP or any other political party.
Reacting to queries on Sangma’s conversation with central leaders of the BJP on this issue, Hek said he cannot comment since he was not privy to the conversation. “But if they (central leaders) are not happy with the state party president, they should discuss with all of us,” he added.
Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma informed that he had also discussed the matter with the national leaders of the BJP who expressed that even they are "upset" with the way the state party president is handling the situation.
When asked whether the Chief Minister, who is also the national president of the NPP, is interfering with the internal affairs of the BJP, the Minister said since his party is part of the MDA, the CM has the right to give his opinion.
“The Chief Minister said the state party president has been attacking the government too much; attack on the CM and sometimes on the CM's family also. So that is wrong. We are part of the MDA government, and CM has to right to give his opinion,” Hek stated.
When asked whether the BJP is considering party legislator Sanbor Shullai for the post, Hek said there was no such proposal nor discussion on this matter so far. “But I’ll be very happy if the party collectively take this decision,” he said, adding that even if Ernest Mawrie continues as president, he is “ready to work for the welfare of the party”.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)