SHILLONG; April 21: While the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is aggressively making a headway in Northeast India with its eyes fixed at Tripura and Meghalaya, Congress on the other hand is unwilling to give in to the sudden phenomenal change in leadership in the region.
Firm on its decision to fight the battle on its own sans the support of any regional or national parties for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya, the state congress is in a solitary mood and brushed aside speculations of the party’s move to forge a pre-poll alliance.
Taking a cue from political history in the state, Congress minister Zenith Sangma on Thursday reiterated that the party will field its candidates in all the 60 seats even as he expresses confident of a victory in the 2018 Assembly elections.
Zenith Sangma, who is also the sports minister said, “As far as congress party is concerned in Meghalaya, we have never gone for pre-poll alliance with either national or regional parties, but we have always aligned with likeminded parties to form the government even in the past. So, likewise we are not thinking of any pre-poll alliance and we will field candidates in all the 60 seats.
When enquired about the congress party intentions about post poll alliance, Sangma said, “We are very much optimistic that we will form the government with requisite number but, however when we find any party to be likeminded with the ideology and the principal that we have we will be open to form the government combining with any political party parties-be it national or regional”.
“If there is one or two shortage in the magic number to form the government because nothing is final in politics, in that case congress will always open its doors to form the government by aligning with any likeminded parties-be it national or regional,” he added.
On the ongoing trend of various political parties making their intentions to forge an alliance public, Sangma said that it is nothing new and the congress party is aware of the situation and has its own set of calculations to deal with it.
“We are confident that we will get single party majority, but still we will be open to form the government with any likeminded party,” he added.
It may be reminded that in 2008, the Congress became the single largest party with 26 seats, DD Lapang was sworn in as chief minister of a Congress-led coalition government, but resigned 10 days later, ahead of a scheduled trust vote, when he failed to muster majority support. Following which Dr. Donkupar Roy led MPA Government was formed in Meghalaya with the support of NCP, BJP , KHNAM and the independents.
The Government lasted only for twelve months as there was another toppling game played which topple year long Government in the state and again Congress rose to power with the help of UDP.
Political instability has been the hallmark of Meghalaya, a state which has never witnessed any political party securing a majority except during the first assembly elections.