The Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today said that Congress would win the election with an absolute majority. “Congress will gain seats in the coming election and would get absolute majority with 40 seats”, he said, addressing Congress party functionaries at Congress Bhavan in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills, where he filed nomination for Songsak, his second constituency.
In Songsak, Mukul will take on NPP strongman Nihim D. Shira, a two time MLA from Songsak and one of NPP’s key leaders. “There was speculation as to whether I would file my nomination or not and that has ended now after my filing of papers. I have come to work for the people of Songsak,” a jubilant CM announced.
Congress leader Deborah Marak, who is seeking re-election for the fourth term from Williamnagar constituency, was also present at the party office to boost the morale of the party workers. Replying to criticism from the opposition of him sleeping through his term Mukul said, “Development has taken place in the state while the opposition has said that I was sleeping. We have brought peace to the state through our efforts even as they continued to believe I was sleeping. If we could achieve so much while I was sleeping, think of what we can achieve when I am awake.”
Mukul further pointed to development of roads in the state, which has helped people all across. “Earlier it would take about 6 hours to get from Guwahati to Shillong. Now it takes only 2 and half hours. From Tura to the airport takes about 2 hours 45 minutes and Tura to Williamnagar about 1 hour 30 minutes. We have been able to develop this infrastructure over the past 8 years of Congress rule,” he added.
Hitting out at BJP-NPP combine, he urged the voters to vote for the party that will protect their own interests and not interfere in their personal choices. “We have initiated development over the past eight years and that development needs to continue and as such the Congress government needs the mandate to continue this work. There are many places, which still need development, including South Garo Hills, Dadenggre and the like and our government wants to assure you that it will happen. If we fail, you can throw us out,” he said.