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Tura, Aug 23, 2018: 

Chief Minister and NPP candidate in the South Tura bypoll, Conrad K Sangma today exuded confidence of winning the seat and cementing his position as the leader of the ruling coalition — Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).

“It is not only about an election of an MLA but also the Chief Minister; we are equally excited and I am sure we will come through with flying colours this election,” Conrad told news men in Tura today.

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South Tura and Ranikor constituencies are going to polls today while counting will be held on August 27.

When asked whether there is any Plan B in case the tides are not in the NPP’s favour, the chief minister replied in the negative stating that “There is no Plan B; we are very sure we will win this election” while reiterating that every election is tough and the party has done its best and is confident that the people of Tura will repose their faith in the NPP.

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Extending his gratitude to the coalition partners for supporting his candidature in South Tura, Conrad said “I would to thank our coalition partners and candidates in the past, who had sacrificed their candidature for me this election.”

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Listing his areas of priorities for South Tura, the NPP leader said that Tura is the headquarter of Garo Hills by default; and South Tura, even though, is an urban constituency, there are still lots of interior localities and areas which are not connected with proper roads, clean drinking water, garbage disposal, cleanliness, street lights … “what ever is required in urban centre, a lot is lacking in Tura. My task is to work towards the overall infrastructure in the town; It is a huge task and I hope I will be able to take Tura forward.”

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Meanwhile, commenting on the party’s position in Ranikor in the backdrop of a direct contest with coalition partners, the Chief Minister said that every election is different. “That is the beauty of Democracy; we can be in the government together, yet when it comes to political interests of individual parties, we do look at our individual interests and fight but when it comes to governance and running the state, we are firm, we will bring development…. coalition will come and go but what is important is continuity in the government and to make sure the state tread in the path of development,” said Conrad.

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