SHILLONG, Jul 25: Former Ranikor legislator, Martin M Danggo on Wednesday formally joined the National People’s Party (NPP) in the presence of his supporters and party leaders at the party office in Shillong.
Speaking to media persons after joining the party Danggo said that he was obliged to join the NPP after the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government ceded to his demand to upgrade his constituency into a Civil Sub Division.
“As a sign of respect I was obliged to join the party after the government which is in power granted our demands for a Civil Sub Division which is a blessing given to the people in my area,” Danggo said.
Danggo was welcomed into the party by the state president of the NPP, W Kharlukhi. Thers who were present included Williamnagar MLA, Marcuise Marak, vice-president of the party Don War and its general secretary Babet Sangma.
Danggo who resigned from the Congress on June 21, said that the demand to upgrade Ranikor into a Civil Sub Division has been there since 2005 but successive governments could not fulfil the aspirations of the people of the area.
“But the MDA government under the leadership of Conrad Sangma could achieve this in his short tenure,” Danggo added.
Danggo who will be contesting the by-election on a NPP ticket said that as a member of the party he will be faithful to it and serve whatever role assigned to him.
When specifically asked why he did not join the NPP before the Assembly polls in the state which was held on February 27, like some of his colleagues from the Congress had done, Danggo said that his supporters then had asked him to remain in the Congress.
“One–third of my supporters then wanted me to contest from another party but another two-third wanted me to remain in the Congress,” Danggo added.
He also exuded confidence that he will win the upcoming by-poll.
“I have nothing to worry, I have faithful leaders and supporters,” Danggo added.
On having to face a united opposition, who is baying for his blood, in the by-poll, Danggo said that he had done nothing wrong by achieving the goal of a Civil Sub-Division even as he said that anyone was welcomed to contest against him provided they have the development of the constituency in mind.