- NPP chief has taken a fresh dig at the Congress
- Asserted that “winds of change” were blowing in Meghalaya
Shillong: Ahead of Assembly elections, the NPP chief Conrad K Sangma has taken a fresh dig at the Congress, claimed that ”winds of change” were blowing in Meghalaya and the ruling party would no longer to step in the state.
The Congress has lost almost in every state in India and it will lose another one, Meghalaya, Conrad said at the general meeting of the party at Iawpynsin, Wahiajer in West Jaintia Hills on Monday.
However, he added that the upcoming election is more about the people of the state and their development than any party or candidate.
The party will release its Mission Plan Document soon where the NGT ban on coal mining will be one of the major issues, he said.
“We have created a future document be it for mining industries, agriculture, tourism and for all kinds of sustainable livelihood and we hope that you are with us so that we can achieve success in creating a new Meghalaya,” Conrad said at the rally to drum up support for Sniawbhalang Dhar.
Taking potshots at Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Conrad said, “The NGT ban on coal mining has adversely affected the livelihoods of people and such a situation had arisen because of the chief minister who never took the matter seriously.”
“Sangma, you have coal, the livelihood of the people and the future of our children. But we will never let you take away our land,” he thundered amid applause.
Taunting the government’s decision to engage MMDC in mining, Conrad said Sangma could involve the corporation but not the public.
The NPP leader observed that not only the electorate have lost faith in the Congress but its leaders, including veterans like DD Lapang, are also staying away from the race.
Prestone Tynsong, who recently joined NPP, seconded Sangma. “The reason we left the Congress is nothing but due to Mukul Sangma’s policies”