Lapang scoffs at opposition, says Congress has ‘no challenger’

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 12: Allaying fears of ‘Modi wave’ in Meghalaya, Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Dr. DD Lapang has stressed that there is no such wave in Meghalaya.
With odd six months left before Meghalaya goes for fresh polling next year and ahead of the proposed visit of the Prime Minister to the State as main star campaigner for the candidates of BJP, Dr. Lapang said he does not see Modi wave and it will not work here.
He however did not come clean on how many seats the Congress was expected to secure in the elections. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, he dodged the question saying his party does not see any ‘strong opponent’ in the upcoming elections.

“When I look at the past record (including 2013 elections), there is none,” Dr. Lapang said while adding that it is too early to say now how many seats they will be able to score this time.
But going by the ‘past’, he insisted that Congress has always been the single-largest party, hence there was ‘no scope’ of challenge for the party.
The MPCC chief also said that there is no guarantee for the UDP as well whether they will be able to increase the number of seats or not.
“If many regional parties are coming up and are all against the Congress, it means that the Congress is the tallest,” he said.
On NPP being a threat which is also BJP’s ally in the Centre, Dr. Lapang quipped ‘who is NPP?’
In the 60-member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Congress is currently the largest party with 30 MLAs, whereas the opposition parties like the United Democratic Party (UDP) has eight MLAs, Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) has 4 and National People’s Party (NPP) is with 2 MLAs, whilst the remaining seats belong to Independent members, all of whom except two, are supporting the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) state government.


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