NPP leaders campaign for Ampati by-election
Shillong, May 21: National President of National People’s Party (NPP) and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma on Monday said the by-election to Ampati constituency is important for the people as this will recreate a roadmap for Ampati.
Conrad was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, C&RD Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister Thomas K. Sangma, CEM of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council Dipul Marak and a host of MLAs and other party functionaries from Nagaland.
“The people of Ampati constituency gave the mandate to Dr Mukul Sangma, but he did not respect the mandate and left Ampati for his political interest,” Conrad said, while addressing election rallies at Rongsang Abagre and Betasing.
Castigating the Congress party for spreading misinformation post-Willamnagar by-election that the Congress will form the government, the Chief Minister said, “NPP candidate Clement G. Momin is the consensus candidate of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA). The Congress party has no other issue to raise and as such they are trying to create confusion amongst the voters.”
He ridiculed the Congress for their claims that Dr Sangma had given time to the NPP and its partners to run the government for six months.
Allaying the fears of the people in Dr Sangma’s stronghold, Conrad said, “The NPP and its coalition partners will campaign in Ampati constituency for the next few days to demonstrate that Mukul and Congress party have nothing to prove other than creating confusion.”
The Chief Minister also said that the NPP and its coalition would last full term and would emerge victorious in successive elections from here onwards.
“The Congress has no number to form the government. Whether they win or lose, they have nothing to gain from this election. Mukul is trying to satisfy his ego by fielding his daughter Miami D. Shira,” said Conrad, while clarifying the confusion created by the Congress.
“Clement G. Momin is the consensus candidate of MDA and there should be no confusion to believe that this government will not last. We are all united and we will be there for the people of Meghalaya for the next 25 years,” he added.
He said that the Congress party believes in delivering welfare schemes based on party affiliation, which is against the mandate of the people. He said that the activities of the Congress are inappropriate, which is the reason why the party has been reduced in successive elections.
“There is no point to vote for Congress as they will sit in opposition,” Conrad added.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong termed Mukul Sangma as an ungrateful leader and sought people’s support to choose NPP candidate.
“Ampati is a prestigious constituency, where Mukul Sangma started his political career but this leader of yours’ is ungrateful as after winning both Ampati and Songsak he decided to leave Ampati. So friends give a befitting reply to him in the upcoming by-election,” said Tynsong.
Tynsong said that Congress is a broken party and always keeps fighting within itself.
“I and Sniawbhalang Dhar resigned from the Congress because of the internal strife of the party right from Delhi to the State level committee,” he added.
Tynsong told the crowd that after Williamnagar by-election the fight between Deborah Marak and Dr Sangma started. Urging the people not to get confused he said, “People vote for the NPP because we are united and respect the leadership of Conrad K. Sangma.”
Top party functionaries from Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya are campaigning in different parts of Ampati constituency to garner support for the party candidate Clement G. Momin.
Nagaland State President Ato Yeptomi and General Secretary Sashank Gataraj also spoke at length enlightening the people about the leadership of Conrad K. Sangma and his growing popularity and acceptance in Northeast as a leader of the mass.