SHILLONG, Nov 10: Though Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is eying Songsak as his second constituency in the upcoming Assembly polls but the constituency doesn’t want any outsiders as their legislator.
This was stated by two-time NPP legislator Nihim DD Shira on Friday.
He even dared the Chief Minister to come and take on him in a bastion that he has held for nearly a decade. Sangma earlier had told The Sentinel that he is focusing on Songsak too, apart from Ampati. Songsak constituency is located in East Garo Hills district and Ampati in South West Garo Hills, miles apart if the contiguous aspect is to be measured.
The two-time MLA from Songsak, Nihim D Shira told The Sentinel, “Songsak has always been represented by outsiders right from the attainment of statehood and as the son of the area, I broke the shackles in 2008 and got re-elected for a second term. Let the Chief Minister comes to my turf and the electorates will give him a reply,” stated the NPP MLA while claiming that the developmental stride in his time as a legislator is a big advantage for him in the forthcoming electoral process. He claimed that prior to 2008, 95% of his constituency was not motorable but off late the scene has changed as he used all the MLA schemes and funds to the fullest to ensure that Songsak becomes properly commutable. “Yes, by virtue of being a member of the opposition, the parochial politics did restrain me to do the things that should have been done,” Shira lamented while looking for a better prospects for Songsak if the NPP comes to power in 2018.