SHILLONG, May 11: With the ensuing 2018 state elections fast approaching and the resultant jostling for political survival, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has admitted that he is aware of the plans of some Congress legislators to shift their allegiance to other political parties.
“See if the Chief Minister is not aware of what is happening then he will not be able to sit in the chair of the Chief Minister for too long, let me be very blunt,” Dr. Sangma said on Thursday.
“Some people look at shortcuts to be in power and control the state and if they can’t do that, they find another way thinking that they can find but in a democracy ‘aise nei hota’ and ‘hoga nei’ in our state as people are good here,” he said.
Dr. Sangma also exuded confidence that even if the Congress puts up new faces in the 2018 polls, people will vote for the party while others who have never voted for the party will never vote for it.
“We are yet to understand that in a democracy it is a team, it is a party it is not individuals. The whole approach to governance is guided by the principle and ideology,” he said.
When sought for his comment about the rumour that he may not contest from Ampati in 2018, Dr. Sangma said, “When you generate a gossip, that gossip becomes a topic. Now whether I will contest from Ampati or not that will be known only when the election comes.”
He however pointed out that politicians always have to be in election mode.