SHILLONG, May 22: Congress candidate for the Ampati by-poll, Miani Dalbot Shira on Tuesday said that her father and former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, sacrificed the Amapti seat for her and instead decided to retain the most under developed constituency, Songsak.
Miani was countering charges by the National People’s Party (NPP) that Dr Sangma, deserted Ampati looking for greener pasture in Songsak.
“If my father as claimed by the opposition is looking for the greener pasture then the million dollar question is why on earth would he chose the most underdeveloped constituency like Songsak which nobody have heard of it before, until my father stepped in to spread the wings of development. After my father developed the Nongstoin-Tura highway via Songsak the people of the area knew that my father would also develop Songsak like Ampati,” she said.
She also added that her father sacrificed, Ampati so that he could develop other parts of Garo Hills too.
She also added that her father have sacrificed a seat for her on demand of the people of Ampati so that she can carry on with his legacy.
Miani also said that it was unfair for Conrad (without being an MLA) to become the Chief Minister demeaning the other elected members.
She pointed out that in the NPP there are Prestone Tynsong and two times MLA of Dadenggre constituency James K Sangma and by not ofvfering them the Chief Minister’s chair it was like proving them unworthy and not fit to hold the chair.
“He grabbed it (Chief Minister’s post) just like he grabbed the chair of Garo Hills autonomous District council without becoming MDC,” the Congress candidate said.
She also criticised politicians coming from Nagaland and criticising Dr Sangma without even knowing what are they talking about even as she asked them to look at the roads in Nagaland.
“Don’t they feel shy to even criticise my father who has given the best of roads in Meghalaya including Shillong Guwahati highway which was left unattended until my father stepped in,” Miani said.
Meanwhile, on the comment of deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong that Congress is a broken party and always fought among themselves, Miani reminded him that he also was once a Congress leader.
“He was looking out for an opportunity. He left the Congress for his benefit and because of people like him who tried to break the party, but here we are standing tall believing in democracy and equality amongst all,” Miani said.