From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, Feb 10, 2018:
As February 27 approaches, political parties in the state are upping the ante to ensure victory in the ensuing elections, the strategies of which includes — campaigns, visits, public rallies, making promises and claims besides attacking their rival parties on various grounds.
The National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday too picked up its pace in as far as campaigning is concerned. Several election rallies were organised in an effort to drum up support for the NPP candidate from Bajengdoba, Ponseng Marak.
Addressing a huge gathering of supporters of the NPP at the village of Gokul in the Bajengdoba constituency in North Garo Hills, NPP national president Conrad Sangma predicted that chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma is set to lose both the Ampati and Songsak seats in the coming elections while claiming that NPP had gotten stronger in all constituencies in the state.
Expressing concern on the poor development indices Conrad said, “Congress has failed to ensure transparency in implementation of different central schemes and the end result has been that people have suffered a lot. We have to end the Congress rule forever and choose a party that would work to create a new Meghalaya.”
Lambasting the CM, the Tura MP stated that the failure to implement rural roads under PMGSY in the interiors, the state had become a difficult place to travel in. He recounted a recent trip to Dokongsi under Kharkutta where there are literally no proper roads in about 300 villages.
“As chief minister of Meghalaya, Mukul has focused only in Ampati but the fact remains that he could not even develop Ampati. It is time that we wake up and ensure the end of Congress once and for all,” he added.
Conrad further hit upon ‘false propaganda’ of the Congress which according to him was due to a lack of issues to talk about.
“The Congress party is not being able to talk on issues and thus initiating false propaganda to create fear that if NPP is given the mandate, religious institutions and minorities will face harassment as NPP is an ally of the BJP,” said Conrad.
“NPP has always raised its pitch for the indigenous people and the minorities. We have been working with the centre to ensure that development reaches not just in Meghalaya but entire North East”, he said, while enlightening the people that NPP was founded by late Purno Sangma to champion the cause of the minorities and people of North East.
He expressed confidence that NPP has emerged as a major political force and will secure maximum seats in the ensuing election and form the government.
“Mukul cannot fool the people of Meghalaya anymore. The wave of NPP is strong and is only growing. People of Meghalaya have faith in us and we will not leave any stones unturned to fulfill their expectations,” he added.