SHILLONG, Nov 06: Opining that democracy in India is being threatened and as such needs to be defended urgently, the Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma has urged the political parties in Meghalaya to rally behind the Congress to take on this challenge.
In this regard, Dr. Sangma has called upon all political parties to support the Congress in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Dr. Sangma’s appeal has come in the wake of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government’s move to field common candidates for the two parliamentary seats in Shillong and Tura.
When asked to comment on the issue of a consensus candidate at the sidelines of a function held here on Monday, Dr. Sangma who is also the former chief minister of Meghalaya asked all the political parties to look at the larger picture in the interest of the people and the nation.
“It (elections) is not just an issue of looking at the Shillong seat I think we must look at the larger picture. Rather all the political parties should help and assist the Congress to grow stronger so that unitedly and collectively we can defend the interest of our people and ensure sustainability of our democracy which is under threat,” he said.
Stating that the country is going through a very challenging situation in the last four years, Dr. Sangma said, “I would appeal all concerned who might have been affiliated with other political parties to rather align with the Congress keeping in mind the interest of the nation and the people.”
Slamming the present BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Congress leader said everything is in complete haywire and there has been infringement upon institutions which have been the strength of the nation.
“Now institutions after institution are drawing the attention of the nation for all the wrong reasons. The whole culmination of this scenario is because of the fallout of the leadership that is at presently there in Delhi and how with complete disregard and insensitivity towards this spirit with which these institutions have been established just to get political mileage, have abused and misused these institutions,” he alleged.
Asserting that the upcoming LS polls is not just an issue of fighting elections and winning, Sangma said it is an issue of reaching out to the people and sensitize them why all political parties must come together and ensure mandate is given to the one who can restore the kind of situation which is leading the nation to an uncertain future.
Asked whether the move to arrive at a consensus candidate will not widen the cracks within the BJP-backed MDA government, the Opposition leader however said it is for a political party to explore the possibility of how to take on the other parties who will definitely fight for the seats.
“It is for us as a party to see that we position ourself as a responsible political party to seek the mandate of the people (in respect of the two seats). And definitely our intention is to ensure we as a party are able to reach out to the people and tell them as to why they should be electing a Congress candidate,” he stated.