Defection of Garo Hills MLAs will not affect Congress in region, says CLP leader Ampareen Lyngdoh

“Believe me, we will get not less than 5 seats in Garo Hills. Things will improve down the line,” she said.

Newly-elected Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Ampareen Lyngdoh has said that the defection of Garo Hills MLAs to join the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) does not imply that the Congress is faceless in Garo Hills.

“Do not say Garo Hills is faceless now. Do not give importance to one face. Congress believes in teamwork and is not a one man show,” said Lyngdoh, replying to a query if the party will revive itself in Garo Hills region ahead of the 2023 Assembly polls.

At least eight MLAs from Garo Hills, including former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma along with 4 MLAs from Khasi and Jaintia Hills region, merged with the AITC recently.

Lyngdoh further claimed that the Congress will win five seats from the region despite the defection.

“Believe me, we will get not less than 5 seats in Garo Hills as we speak. Things will improve down the line,” she said, asserting, “Maybe it will work to our advantage, the results of 2023 will tell you that.”

The CLP leader further maintained that 12-14 months is a long time in politics. “One year is not short, 12-14 months is very long in politics. You have seen what happened during the term of five years - the ups and downs of this batch of the 10th Legislative Assembly have endured storms after storms; the passing away of some of our members, the exodus of some from one party to another. In short, 12 months is a long time in politics,” she added.

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