Conrad accuses Congress of resorting to petty politics

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SHILLONG, Feb 23: Accusing the Congress party of resorting to petty politics against his party, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma who is also the National President of the National People’s Party (NPP) said that this is because the Congress party has no other issues.

Speaking during his election campaigns to drum up support for the party’s candidate from Mawsynram, Alvin Sawkmie, ahead of the February 27-district council polls, Conrad said, “The Congress is playing petty politics against the NPP because they have no other issue against the party. We as a party have been working for the interest of the people irrespective of their religious or cultural affiliation.”

Castigating the Congress MLA Himalaya Shangpliang whom he accused of neglecting the interest of the people of Mawsynram, he said, “I am not chief minister of NPP, I am chief minister of Meghalaya and it is my responsibility to work for the interest of the people of the state. I fail to realize why the Mawsynram MLA never approached me to raise the concerns of the people.”

NPP candidate from Mawsynram for the KHADC polls, Alvin Sawkmie (right)

“Shangpliang is not MLA of Congress but MLA of Mawsynram constituency. He must respect each and every public of Mawsynram constituency. I am sorry to say that he does not deserve to be called a leader,” Conrad said.

Assuring that the NPP will ensure development reaches to everyone, Conrad said, “The road of Shangpliang says no entry for you but we will start a new road and that new road is Alvin Sawkmie.”

“He (Sawkmie) is the road will use to bring development to the people of Mawsynram through the Centre and state government, I can assure you that,” Conrad said.