By Our Reporter, TNT News | SHILLONG, Dec 27, 2017:
As the Assembly polls 2018 draws closer, political parties in Meghalaya are all set to field their respective candidates and while some parties hold an upper hand over others for their capability to draw sitting MLAs into their fold, others put their faith on their manifesto’s – change and development.
Similarly, the National People’s Party (NPP) is hopeful of sweeping the upcoming elections while expressing its determination of dethroning the congress party.
Pinning its hopes on winnable candidates for a sizable win in the 2018 polls in Khasi and Jaintia Hills, the NPP has announced that eight prominent MLAs – some of whom are congress dissidents will join the party on January 4 during an election rally which will be held at Polo Ground, Shillong.
“The rally will be held on Jan 4 at Polo Ground and 8 MLAs’ will be joining the party’s fold. We are targeting over 10,000 people to attend the rally,” NPP state president WR Kharlukhi said on Wednesday.
Kharlukhi also informed that the 8 MLAs who will joining the NPP includes – former congress ministers Rowell Lyngdoh, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon and Prestone Tynsong, UDP MLA Remington Pyngrope, Congress legislator Ngaitlang Dhar, Independent MLAs — Stephenson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon.
Furthermore, the NPP state unit president reiterated that the party’s Chief ministerial candidate will be elected by the MLAs from the two regions — Garo and Khasi Hills.
When asked about the number of seats the NPP is contesting from, Kharlukhi said “We are contesting in more than 50 seats,” adding that the party will not contest in all 60 seats for strategic reasons.
Stating that their target is to win and defeat the Congress, Kharlukhi said “Going by the political history, I don’t see that the Congress will revive or rebuilt from the thumping majority” adding “We will ensure that the congress stays in single digit in this election.”
While expressing his confidence that the party will create an impact in Shillong, the state president said “After assessing the situation, we can see the wave of the party in Shillong. Initially, we thought we are weak but now we will be emphasizing more in the city.”
Kharlukhi also informed that the party will announce the full fledged list by second week of January next year.