SHILLONG, May 1: The defeat of Congress legislator and former cabinet minister from Williamnagar, Deborah C Marak and the manner of her defeat has come as a surprise for political pundits of the state.
Sources in the Congress told that her defeat was the Congress’ reluctance to campaign for her.
In the run up to the polls, the Congress camp was conspicuous by the absence of most top leaders of the party in Marak’s campaign trail.
It was only on the penultimate day of campaigning that former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma visited Williamnagar to show his support to her’.
Dr Sangma however cancelled an election campaign which was supposed to be held at the Williamnagar Bazaar.
Even though Marak was the official candidate of the Congress but sources informed that top brass of the party supported an independent candidate.
Deborah Marak, when spoken to on the matter earlier had acknowledged the lack of support saying that hardly anyone from the leadership came to help her.
A source, close to the former MLA said, “It is a known fact that there would be no support for Deborah from the Congress in her campaign and others would definitely be beneficiaries. We know that the support went to another candidate, who stood as an independent.”
Even the eventual winner, Marcuise N Marak of the National People’s Party said that the division in votes helped him in consolidating his victory.
Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma during the election campaigns stated that Congress members were confused as to who to vote for as they were campaigning for one but supported the other.