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SHILLONG | July 22, 2019:

Meghalaya still has to wait for more than three and half years to go for the 2023 Assembly polls but the battle in Pynthorumkhrah constituency between sitting BJP MLA and Health & Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek and sitting MDC of Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah, Pynshngaiñ N Syiem has already begun.

The sitting MLA slammed Pynshngaiñ for “trying” to take a political mileage of the flood which had hit a section of Pynthorumkhrah constituency in view of the incessant rain which had hit several parts of the State.

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“Flood is a natural disaster. I am surprised to see that he (Pynshngaiñ) is trying to blame me for doing nothing to control the flood. But I am not sure since flood is a natural phenomenon during the monsoon. Not only in Meghalaya, many other States like Assam and Bihar are affected by flood,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Hek questioned the popularity of a politician based on the work they have done saying “How can a person who has been kicked out from Mawsynram constituency question my efforts towards the development of the constituency.”

“We all know that he lost the last Assembly election due to his failure to work for the development of his constituency. If people are not satisfied with my work then they would not have elected me for the fifth consecutive term,” sitting BJP MLA from Pynthorumkhrah said.

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He, however, said that he is happy to know that his opponent is in the form of the sitting MDC for the Pynthorumkhrah Assembly constituency.

“In politics, you don’t really enjoy when you do not have a stronger opponent. But now I am happy that I have someone who is pushing me to work harder for the welfare and interest of the people of my constituency,” Hek said.

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Earlier, Pynshngaiñ had hinted that he would probably contest from Pynthorumkhrah constituency since he has a house in the constituency.

“But it is too early to talk about the Assembly election since it is too far,” he had said.

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