Conrad takes chopper to cover maximum locations ahead of April 11 polls
SHILLONG/TURA, Apr 1: Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad K Sangma on Monday said that the Congress party is well qualified from the University of lies, so they will continue to lie the people.
Conrad made these remarks during election rallies in North Garo Hills and East Garo Hills in three different locations of Rongrong Abema, Mangsang and Chibonga as he kicked off his chopper campaign to drum up support for former Union Minister of State Agatha K. Sangma for the Tura Parliamentary constituency.
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 has 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.
The NPP chief reiterated that the party will continue to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill in 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 Northeast and made our voice 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 northeast has given due recognition to his party.
He claimed that the larger section of the society in northeast has given its testimony that 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 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, NPP chief said, “We will remain true to our commitment promised to the people of 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 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 1500 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.
“We had promised education policy and we brought out the policy well ahead of completion of one year. For over four decades the education department had to work without any policy or direction, we have scripted a direction to move forward to ensure better educational facilities in Meghalaya,” Conrad said.
The NPP chief also said that basing on the education policy, the MDA government approached Ministry of Tribal Affairs and was accorded 11 Eklaveya Residential Model School (ERMS), out of 50 Schools across India as they were well aware that Meghalaya is focusing to ensure better education facilities for its children.
He told the gathering in different location that MDA government has been working to ensure that the promises made during the last election is fulfilled.
“We are working for the future of Meghalaya and we will ensure that we are able to bring a transformation in the lives of our people,” the NPP chief added.
Conrad assured that if Agatha K. Sangma is elected as MP, she will add to the initiative started by the MDA government and will voice the concerns in the Parliament.
“During my tenure as MP, I tried my best to ensure that welfare schemes for Meghalaya were sanctioned. However, as I was from different party, it was difficult but I could manage. Now, almighty has given us an opportunity to elect an MP from the same party, so we should not miss the opportunity,” the NPP chief said.