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From Our Correspondent, Shillong News | Tura, May 11, 2018: 

As the by-poll battle for the Ampati Assembly seat gets interesting by the day, Congress candidate Miani D Shira, daughter of former chief minister, Dr Mukul Sangma has invited controversy after she ‘presumably’ refer to the people of Ampati as ‘more intelligent’ while calling those of Selsella as ‘less intelligent’.

Her speech, which was videographed few days ago, soon after she filed her nomination for the Ampati seat, kicked up a virtual storm after the video went viral in social media platforms. The video has evoked criticisms from residents of Selsella constituency even as they demand for an apology from the aspiring candidate for her comments.

Selsella is the constituency from where the current CM and NPP leader, Conrad K Sangma cast his vote. The seat is currently represented by former minister of the Congress, Clement Marak.

“This just shows her immaturity as a person. Her distinction between people of two constituencies is uncalled for and shows her highhandedness. She should immediately apologize for demeaning and insulting the people of Selsella in her speech,” said former NGO member and resident of Selsella, Adinson Ch Momin.

“This shows her upbringing, feudalistic attitude and regionally discriminating mentality. Her looking down on the populace of Selsella is uncalled for. She should never be giving her ‘Saccha Pyar’ lecture by comparing and humiliating us,” added Momin.

The video has also led to a spate of memes on social media with many questioning the reason for the speech and discriminatory words. The speech has also been termed as ‘hate speech’ by many social media users with a call asking for the Congress contestant to apologize to the people.

Meanwhile, despite several attempts to contact Miani, the Congress candidate cannot be reached.

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