TURA, Nov 05: One of eight contenders for the Williamnagar seat, Jonathone N Sangma on Saturday hit out at local MLA and minister, Deborah C Marak for not keeping the promises she made to the voters of her constituency.
In an election meeting held at the village of Bansam Awe in East Garo Hills, Sangma raised the matter of hanging bridges and shopping complexes promised by Deborah in her election manifesto in 2013.
“She had promised to build hanging bridges across the Simsang River to help connectivity between both sides of the river. These were to come up at Baiza Abagre, Chisobibra and Sampalgre but there is still no connectivity in these areas as the promises have not been kept. Similarly she had promised to set up multi-purpose shopping complexes in 3 places in Williamnagar. We have not seen even one take off,” said Jonathone in the meeting.
Jonathone had stood second in 2013 behind Deborah and said his defeat had made him more determined to represent the people of Williamnagar.
“I will be pushing to bring in small scale industry to ensure livelihoods of people can be taken care of. We are already helping farmers in cash crop plantation in many villages in East Garo Hills. I want to help these people to self sustain so that they can have financial independence,” added Sangma.
Sangma said that he had asked villagers to focus was on high value crops like cinnamon (elaichi), betel nut, black pepper, oranges, etc; which can change the way people live.
“Why has there been no push to bring in small scale industries in Garo Hills? These industries can function even in small villages and provide an economic boost to life in the village. This aspect has to be explored,” he stated to the villagers.
Sangma, who will be contesting as an Independent candidate, added that he was focused on looking to upgrade education and sports in the region to ensure the children had opportunities to compete on the world stage.