By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, May 07, 2018:
Basking in the victory achieved in Williamnagar, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma hoped that the NPP wave will spread to Congress’s bastion — Ampati, which is scheduled to go for by-poll on May 28.
“We hope that our victory in Williamnagar will have an impact in Ampati as well,” Conrad told media persons here on Monday while adding that the fact that the National People’s Party (NPP) won by a comfortable margin in Williamnagar, clearly shows that the people have faith in the MDA government and that they are looking for a change.
While maintaining that every election is different, every constituency is different with their own challenges, it is won’t be easy to predict which party will emerge victorious in Ampati.
The NPP has decided to field former school teacher Clement G Momin as their candidate for the upcoming by-election to Ampati constituency. Momin will take on former chief minister Mukul Sangma’s 27-year-old daughter Miani D Shira.
“The district and state block units of the party have recommended the name of Clement Momin to spear head the election in Ampati against Congress’s Miani D Shira and his name will be only be cleared by the election committee of the party,” said the chief minister.
It may be mentioned that Momin, a former school teacher who also runs his own private school, had contested against Mukul Sangma on two occasions. However, Mukul emerged victorious both times.
Meanwhile, while accepting that infighting within the Congress has to some extend paved way for the NPP to win Williamnagar seat, Conrad said “It is very unfortunate for the party (Congress) leadership not to support their own candidature. They have to sort their problem out.”
When asked whether the Congress has lost its ground in Garo Hills, Conrad said that it is tricky to speak about the politics but maintained that the people have reposed their faith in the party and NPP will take it forward and to the next level.
The BJP, on the other hand, is contemplating the decision to choose its former candidate and retired Sericulture Director Bakul Hajong to contest against Miani and Clement.
Reacting to queries on BJP-NPP relationship in view of the decision made by the former to field a candidate in Ampati, Conrad said “We should not mix governance and politics. We have made it very clear from the beginning that party politics has nothing to do with any aspect of governance.”