SHILLONG, Aug 27: Meghalaya National People’s Party (NPP) president Dr WR Kharlukhi today stated that even though the party’s candidate from Ranikor, Martin M Danggo was defeated in the by-election, he however said that the victory belongs to the coalition.
“Even though we loss in the by-poll in Ranikor but the Congress candidate loss his security deposit. The win belongs to the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition,” Dr Kharlukhi said.
It may be mentioned that United Democratic Party’s (UDP) Pius Marwein, defeated NPP candidate Danggo by a margin of 2896 votes while, Congress’ Jackuish A Sangma got only 938 votes.
The state NPP chief also said that he along with cabinet minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and NPP general secretary Donlang War met UDP working president Paul Lyndoh who assured the NPP team that the UDP’s win in Ranikor will not affect the coalition but infact it will strengthen the MDA government.
DR Kharlukhi also said that the upcoming District Council election next year will be a fight between the MDA partners because Congress will be nowhere in both the elections to the KHADC and the JHADC.
“We will not be fighting against the Congress in the upcoming District Council election because Congress will be gone in both the District Councils in the coming MDC election and it will be the fight between the MDA partners ,” Kharlukhi told reporters in a conference on Monday here.
Expressing happiness for winning with a thumping majority in South Tura constituency, he said “Even do we lost the Ranikor seat we are happy because the Congress has lost its security deposit and this is the MDA win.”
“In fact we are increasing our strength and MDA will last till 2023 and beyond,” he said while stressing on the need to do the post mortem on both the winning and losing seats.
“This is the beauty of democracy and we believe in democratic principle and even though we are in colition we fought against each other and not only in Ranikor but also in the coming District Council election,” he added.
Stating that they have not decided on the MP election, Dr Kharlukhi further said that MDA is a post- Poll allinace and Dr Donkupar Roy is a man of his word.
He added, “People have given their verdict for the south Tura constituency and stated that people are wise enough not to be misled by the Congress whimsical propaganda.”