TURA, Jan 21: In a new development in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Richard Marak, the current Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) president, has submitted a letter to show his intent in contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The MPYC president formally applied for a Congress party ticket to fight for the Tura Lok Sabha seat under the party’s banner on Monday.
The development comes in the wake of numerous names being thrown from the Congress cauldron, including the former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, his brother Zenith Sangma as well as former minister Deborah Marak.
In a letter to the president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on January 19, Marak expressed his interest in contesting the elections on an INC ticket.
“I have been encouraged by my party colleagues and friends to contest. I have also mentioned my interest to the party leadership. Whatever the leadership decides, I will respect,” said Richard when contacted on the matter.
The MPYC president further felt that there is a need for a new model of development while opining that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.
Further, he felt that creative arts, tourism and sports are areas that the government needs to invest in.
“Imagine a vibrant sports industry in any part of Garo Hills. Our youth have the potential in every field. We should channelize that into nation building,” felt Richard.
Richard further added that achieving decent work for all and combating climate change are dependent on the empowerment of rural women.
“I believe in women empowerment,” he added.
The MPYC president has had a long standing relationship with the Congress since 2010. He was earlier the general secretary of the MPYC before taking over as its president. He was also the founding member of All Guwahati Achik Student’s Union (AGASA) in 2004 and a very active member of the Achik Theatre Society of which he is a founding member.