SHILLONG | March 16, 2019:
A former professional kickboxing champion, Samuel Hashah has decided to jump into active politics by contesting the April 11 Lok Sabha poll from the Shillong Parliamentary seat as an independent candidate.
The former champion is pitched against two political heavy-weights — 2-time Congress MP from Shillong, Vincent H Pala and the ruling coalition Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)’s common candidate and former UDP MLA, Jemino Mawthoh.
Hashah, who holds a black belt in Taekwondo and who hails from a remote Nongkhllam village in West Khasil Hills, has represented Meghalaya in Kickboxing for a decade and at present is the president of All Meghalaya Kickboxing Association (AMKA).
Admtting that he is a new entrant into politics, he said that being an athlete, he is ready to take on against any political opponent.
“I know I have not achieved much in the field of politics like my opponents in the Lok Sabha poll fray. But I am confident that the people are looking for change and definitely they will repose its faith on the new faces who can highlight and raise their issues,” he said
Highlighting on his 14 points agenda, he said that the main issues he that would be raising during his election campaigns include — the long-pending inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, Citizenship Amendment Bill, to demand the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state and on the lack of development in the State.
It may be mentioned that Hashah had unsuccessfully contested the MLA election from Mylliem constituency in 2013.