By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Dec 05, 2018:
This time around, election in Meghalaya wouldn’t be a battle between parties but a ‘battle of ideologies’, says newly elected president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Celestine Lyngdoh.
“This election is not about parties fighting elections but the battle will be on the basis of ideologies and ours (Congress’) is an ideology of inclusiveness,” Lyngdoh said while speaking at a function to facilitate the change of guards which was held in the Congress Bhavan in Shillong on Friday.
Stating that the ideology of inclusiveness is under threat, Lyngdoh said that only the Congress party can guard this fabric of inclusiveness in the (Indian) society. “With a section of people in the country saying that those who stay in the country are Hindus, is infact a dangerous trend for democratic India,” he said.
Lyngdoh also said that though the party has new faces but the values that the Congress party represents will never change. “The party stands for values to respect the various cultures and different groups that exist in the country. The Congress stands for values that we will prosper together which will never change,” Lyngdoh reiterated.
Earlier, speaking at the function to welcome the newly appointed chief of the Congress in Meghalaya, Shillong Lok Sabha, MP Vincent H Pala said that the need of the hour is to stand united to fight the polls so that it can come back to power.
In recent weeks, the Congress has seen a series of setbacks in the wake of seven of its legislators quitting the party to join the NPP, BJP and the PDF.
“We should not be disappointed by few of our colleagues leaving the party. In fact now we have better and brighter candidates,” Pala said.
The two time Lok Sabha MP also said that the present scenario in the state is that the opposition was a divided house with various parties vying to be as an alternative to the Congress. “This is an opportunity for the Congress because now we have quality candidates though there are some who left us,” the Lok Sabha MP said.
Pala, however, had a word of caution for his party colleagues not to speak out of turn during the election campaign since this may spoil the chances of the party.
“We should list out the issues and please do not speak without fully knowing the subject,” he cautioned the Congress members present.