The CM of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma spoke about BJP, his rivalries, the plans he has got to commence the campaigns for the upcoming elections and the problems that lie within the Congress party.
The Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma is going to complete eight years in office in a politically unstable state of Meghalaya. The CM hopes to defend one of the last Congress holds in the country in the upcoming assembly election of 2018. While speaking to the media persons, he shared his thoughts on various aspects, related to the upcoming elections, to the issues related with Meghalaya.
MUKUL SANGMA ON UPCOMING ELECTION
On being asked about the upcoming election, CM Mukul Sangma said that the opposition is working overtime time to dethrone him and thus it infuses more energy to the campaign. He said that because of the fact he’s now more vigilant and is more committed and more aggressive.
MUKUL SANGMA ON BJP
CM Mukul Sangma said that the BJP doesn’t have its own agenda. He accused the party of implementing the agenda of RSS. And this is the reason why RSS is going out of its way to ensure BJP gets all states, by hook or by crook. He said that the BJP needs all the state, not to develop them but because they need the Rajya Sabha. And he added that BJP needs Rajya Sabha because they want to amend the Constitution, and they want to do the amendments such that it could comply with RSS’s agenda. He further added that it would disintegrate the nation.
The CAM said that the BJP is targeting ready-made leaders in Meghalaya because they don’t have their own leader whom they can groom and expect to win. He said, “They are looking at potential sitting MLAs who can be roped in and projected as their candidate. BJP will do everything it can to win. Their leaders will stoop to any extent. So we need to insulate ourselves”
MUKUL SANGMA ON FACTIONALISM IN CONGRESS
On being asked about Congress, the CM said that they could have done well in Tripura had it not been for dissent within the party. He further spoke that the problem with Congress is internal fights when they are in power, and even when they are not in power. He gave the example of Biren Singh and said that people sometimes get impatient (Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who switched from Congress to BJP before that state’s polls) and Himanta (Himanta Biswa Sarma did the same in Assam). He said that Biren Singh was eyeing the chief minister’s post and if he would have stayed on in Congress, his patience would have paid off.
MUKUL SANGMA ON THE STRENGTH OF HIS CAMPAIGNS
The CM said that Meghalaya had taken great strides in the past seven years. He said that in the past, violence had gripped people’s lives and the travel advisories would ask people to not visit the state but the scenario is now changed. CM Mukul Sangma proudly said, “If you don’t book a hotel room in advance, you won’t get a place to stay in Shillong. People have become more prosperous. Security is freedom”
MUKUL SANGMA ON BEING ASKED ABOUT HIS RIVAL IN ELECTION
CM Said that he sees the NPP-BJP together as his rivalries. Mr. Sangma said, “The dissidents are all in NPP, which is like saying they are in BJP. The parties have not joined hands openly but there is a strategy in place and it is our job to expose it. The NPP’s resources depend on BJP. It is a bankrupt party. So where are its funds coming from?”
MUKUL SANGMA ON RAHUL GANDHI AND THE POSITION OF CONGRESS IN NORTHEAST
Mukul Sangma is sure that the party would provide all sort of support to him. The CM is planning concentrate less on rallies and more on penetration. The CM said, “We will tell people to compare the past and the present, and to look at the future. We will invite our party president here. The Congress will eventually have more than the two states it currently governs (Meghalaya and Mizoram)“.
(The news input has been taken from Times of India, interview with Chandrima Banerjee and Amava Bhattacharya)