By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Jan 24, 2018:
As political parties aggressively stormed the poll battle to oust the ruling Congress and take over the reign of governance, the Grand Old Party, on the other hand, is unmoved though the odds are against it even as it exuded confident of retaining its position in the house of power.
Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said confidently that the party will come out strong and raised the number of expected winning seats from 35 to 38, while AICC General Secretary CP Joshi claiming a two-third majority.
The state congress has lately witnessed many a political development, with party leaders deserting the party to join either the BJP or NPP.
While many sitting legislators have deserted the party stating various reasons and leaving a vacuum – the common being the dictatorial attitude and style of functioning of the chief minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, others have joined hands with the congress which includes two independents and five BJP workers beside others.
While the congress is peeved at facing difficulties in getting probable candidates in places of those sitting legislator who left the party despite getting over 90 applicants, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that the congress is strong and will come out as the single largest party with a predication of 38 sure wins, increasing the numbers by three times then the earlier prediction.
“It is time to utilize whatever is available to ensure the congress achieves the target of 38,” Sangma said.
Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary CP Joshi said that in parliamentary democracy, the ideology is important and there is no space for the BJP’s ideology in Meghalaya.
Alleging that the BJP, NPP and regional forces are working together to oust the congress, and that the public are well aware of the regional parties being a part of the North East Democratic Alliance, Joshi said that the congress considers them as no threat and has prominent candidates while exuding confidence of forming the government with a two-third majority.
All India Congress Committee General Secretary CP Joshi is on a three-day trip to the hill state to finalise candidates for the 60-member assembly polls which will take place on February 27 and the results will be declared on March 3.
Joshi, in charge of the election of the state, held closed door meeting with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and also held a poll panel meeting to select and recommend the names of probable candidates to the party high command.