TURA, Feb 06: The town of Williamanagar was witness to a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) show of strength with all three candidates from the district filing their nominations at Williamnagar on Tuesday while being supported by more than 2000 workers who came to support their respective candidates.
Led by BJP MLA from Bokajan in Assam, Numal Momin, candidates SR Marak (Williamnagar), Thomas N Marak (Songsak) and Rikman G Momin (Rongjeng) filed their nominations for their respective constituencies.
The candidates and Numal led a rally from the BJP office at Soil Bazar to the office of the DC with the same rally returning once again through the same route at the end of nominations on Wednesday.
“We will be contenders in all the seats in EGH and expect to win all three. The support we have been getting in our campaigns is tremendous and we believe the same will translate into votes when the time comes,” said district president, Rakesh Marak.
“Williamnagar wants change and we will be the change. The BJP’s agenda of development will come through and the naysayers can continue saying what they want. People want to oust the Congress from the state and the BJP’s agenda of development will definitely come through this time,” said SR Marak after the nomination filing.
Thomas Marak, who is pitted against two political heavyweights – Nihim D Shira of the NPP and current Songsak MLA and Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma, exuded confidence despite the odds being stacked against him.
“We are confident of a win in Songsak given the kind of support being received back in our constituency. People want the BJP to bring development to the state and will vote for us despite whatever promises the others make,” he said.
Rikman G Momin feels that his constituency had been given the short shrift under the Congress and as such people wanted to vote for change and for the BJP.
“Rongjeng is one of the junctions of the Garo Hills region and as such should have been given priority in terms of development but there is nothing. The failure of the Congress government and the local MLA is there for all to see,” said Rikman.
Addressing a meeting held at the house of the Williamnagar candidate, SR Marak, Numal Momin tore into the Congress and the Dr Mukul Sangma led government asking those gathered to ‘Congress hatao, desh bachao’.
“The Congress has given nothing but pain to the people of the state and this has to change. Our PM Modi has set a benchmark for clean politics and we want the same for the state of Meghalaya. Our motto is development and that will be the agenda for us in the state,” said Numal while speaking to people who attended the meeting.
The Assam legislator also pushed for people to come together against what he said was clan politics, referring to the CM, Dr Mukul Sangma and his family members who are MLAs in the state.