Meghalaya’s two by-polls: Victory for some and revenge for few

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 27: With a win one each for the coalition partners –NPP and the UDP in South Tura and Ranikor by-polls, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) feels all the more secure and stable, while the opposition Congress considers the loss of its former leader MM Danggo as the answer for his betrayal to the party.
Labeling the UDP win in Ranikor as a win for the cause of regionalism, UDP Working president, Paul Lyngdoh said that the win will help validate help validate UDP as the largest regional party in the state.

On the win of its coalition partner the NPP in South Tura, Lyngdoh said that the victory of Conrad Sangma validates UDP’s choice.
He was of the view that the win of the coalition partners has strengthen the expectations of the people on the MDA coalition which should be lived up to.
 NPP State president, WR Kharlukhi said that it is a thumping victory for the NPP and the MDA coalition and this victory will help strengthen the alliance.
Asked, what went wrong in Ranikor? Kharlukhi pointed out that the party stands correct in fielding a veteran leader like MM Danggo who left Congress to join the NPP; however, it has to be assessed.
Not falling short of attacking the congress, Kharlukhi said that the congress has nothing to cheer about and the party is destined for doom as it is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
“If Mukul Sangma is thrown out of the party, the will be finished, if not the party will still be finished,” Kharlukhi added.
Meanwhile, Congress leader, Fearless Warjri projected a positive picture out of the Congress loss in both the seats and said that  saying  that South Tura constituency was last represented by the Congress in the year  1998  and in this election, the party have increased its vote share to  5000.
On Ranikor, he said that the people of Ranikor have given the answer for the betrayal by MM Danggo and   there is no reason for Congress to be unhappy.



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