SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma on Monday pooh-poohed the ‘misinformation campaign’ carried out by his opponents, especially the Congress.
Conrad was addressing election rallies in North Garo Hills and East Garo Hills in three different locations of Rongrong Abema, Mangsang and Chibonga. He kicked off his chopper campaign to drum up support to former Union Minister of State Agatha K Sangma for the Tura Parliamentary constituency.
The NPP chief reiterated that the party will continue to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the near future.
“Meghalaya was the first State in India to oppose the Bill and raise its objection. We took the initiative to unite different political parties of the Northeast and made our voices heard in Delhi and ensured that the Bill lapsed in the Rajya Sabha,” he exhorted.
According to the NPP national president, post- lapse of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the people of the Northeast has given due recognition to his party.
He claimed that the larger section of the society in the Northeast has given its testimony that the NPP is the only party that can unite the voice of the region and made it heard in Delhi.
“NPP is the party of the Northeast,” he added.
Conrad reminded the gathering that people across the region are eagerly waiting to see the mandate for NPP as they believed that the party can deliver and push forward the agenda for the Northeast.
While stating that the Congress party is propagating a wrong notion that NPP will partner with BJP and will ensure that the CAB is passed in the Lok Sabha, the NPP chief said, “We will remain true to our commitment promised to the people of the Northeast and will never allow any bill that would hamper the interest of our people.”
He also pointed out that for the MP elections, the people of Garo Hills have always kept the interest of the tribesmen as their key agenda. Conrad said that this time too it will not be any different.
“The people of Garo Hills have united to show their solidarity to NPP. The wave of our party is felt across the region be it in plain belt area of Phubari – Rajabala or in the hills of Baghmara – Chokpot,” the Chief Minister said.
He also said that the Congress was aware that they are not coming back to power and are therefore saying that NPP will partner with BJP.
“The Congress party is well qualified from the University of lies, so they will continue to lie the people,” the NPP chief said.
Conrad said that Congress is trying to dupe the people with lies that Garo National Council (GNC) is supporting the Congress, and that our leader Nihim D Shira has also joined the Congress.
He pointed out that the GNC and ex-Songsak MLA, Nihim has clarified their stand and the Congress’ lies have been caught.
The NPP national president said that the Congress have no other option but to create and propagate wrong notion but he is confident that the people of Garo Hills will not buy their (Congress’) lies.
He asked the electorates to make Congress candidate Dr Mukul Sangma accountable by asking if during his tenure as Chief Minister of the state whether he did not work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“He (Mukul) is saying that NPP is working with BJP, yes we are working with the centre to ensure development, and he did the same. So if NPP-BJP is same, Congress and BJP is also the same,” Conrad said.
He said that state and centre has to work in coordination to ensure development.
The NPP chief told the electorates that during the last one year, the MDA government maintained a cordial relationship with centre and has been able to bring funds for initiating welfare and development in the State.
He said that during Dr Sangma’s regime, Meghalaya was accorded merely Rs 150 crore under PMGSY, which was upgraded to Rs 1,500 crore during the MDA government.
He said that the NPP has fulfilled its promise made in the 2018 election with education as its top priority.
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