Congress’ loss in Williamnagar will impact in Amapti by-poll

SHILLONG, May 7: Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma on Monday said that the Congress’ loss in the adjourned poll in Williamnagar will have an impact in the Ampati by-election.

The by-poll to the Ampati seat, vacated by former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma will be held on May 28.

Speaking to media persons after the oath taking of newly elected Williamnagar legislator, Marcuise N Marak, Conrad said that the result showed that the people have reposed their faith in the present dispensation led bythe National People’s Party (NPP).

“It is a reflection that they are looking for a change which they want to continue with it now,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that the party is going to the by elections with a positive mindset that the people wanted a change.

“That change has come in, and we want to take it to the next level,” he added.

Conrad however said that each election is different, and every constituency has got its own character and challenges and nothing can be taken for granted.

On the infighting in the Congress that led to its defeat in Williamnagar, the Chief Minister said that it was unfortunate that the leadership within the Congress did not support the official candidate.

He said that the infighting in Congress camp in the Williamnagar poll will impact the morale of Congress workers in Ampati and the confidence of voters will also go down.

“After seeing what has happened in Williamnagar, I think the voters as well as the Congress workers will be demoralised,” Conrad added.

When asked if former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma was losing ground in Garo Hills, Conrad refused to comment.

“I am nobody to comment on that as it is for the people to decide. The people have reposed their faith in us, and it is our duty to carry that forward,” he added.

The Chief Minister also said that one should not mix party politics and political aspect with governance even as he added that his government wil complete its term.

Conrad was reacting on a query of the NPP not working with the BJP in the Ampati bye elections.

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