The Congress on Monday launched a scathing attack against the National People’s Party (NPP) at an election rally at Bolchugre under Gambegre constituency in the West Garo Hills.
Seeking a mandate for Congress candidate Sadhiarani Sangma, who is pitted against sitting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Saleng Sangma and NPP’s Phillipole Marak, Congress leader and sports and youth affairs minister Zenith Sangma said, “NPP cannot show a single seat where they will win.”
Zenith asked the crowd not to be misled by the NPP and its leader Conrad Sangma. “Meghalaya under the leadership of chief minister Mukul Sangma has seen visible development and Gambegre constituency, which has remained backward, requires a healing touch,” Zenith said.
He counted on different initiatives launched by the government for increasing livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities for people. “We have fulfilled our promises made to the people,” he said.
He made an attempt to woo the electorate of Gambegre by drawing a comparison between Rangsakona, Salmanpara and Ampati constituencies in the South West Garo Hills, which he said has seen growth. “If the Congress does not win it will be a loss for the people of Gambegre,” he said, cautioning them not to get carried away by tall promises being made by their opponents.
Terming the BJP a “communal” party, Zenith said, “There is chaos and killing under the BJP’s regime in India. Congress is secular and has ensured peace in this country. If we deviate ourselves, there is a threat to the secular fabric of this nation. BJP propagates the idea of one nation, one language.”
Attacking the NPP for trying to create confusion on the ambitious scheme launched by Mukul for economic empowerment of women, Zenith said, “We have a vision to enhance livelihood of our women and promote micro enterprise in rural areas and as part of the scheme an amount of Rs 5,000 was released to the beneficiaries.”
NPP leader Conrad Sangma had accused the Congress for trying to woo voters ahead of election with the scheme, and had said the amount was a loan from the bank.
However, Zenith clarified that in 2012 the scheme was launched but because of certain hiccups the loan component was done away with. He said close to 7,000 people have received the aid under the scheme recently in Rangsakona and other constituencies and NPP fears that people may vote for the Congress, so they are trying to create that confusion.