SHILLONG, Feb 22: Putting up the best players comes foremost for any team seeking to secure a win and senior members of the state Congress are of the opinion that nothing beats the experience and expertise of Dr. Mukul Sangma from being the top batsman from their camp to score the winning numbers from the Tura seat in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
“We have a lot of batsmen within the party but the number one batsman would be Dr Mukul Sangma,” said Senior Congress leader Ampareen Lyngdoh stating that everyone is looking at Dr Sangma for the simple reason that he is the most winnable candidate to win Tura seat.
Dr. Sangma who is the leader of the Opposition had earlier made it clear that he is not contesting the MP polls from the Tura seat.
Pointing out that the Congress party has a lot of leaders and all are looking at the number one batsman, Lyngdoh said, “If the CLP leader agrees to contest the election, it would be a dream come true for all the Congressmen in the state as the Congress party needs to regain the seat of Tura.”
She however said that whether he will contest the election or not will be seen later and his decision will be final and the party will respect his decision.
It may be mentioned that Dr. Sangma’s name is being proposed as one of the candidates from Tura seat while two other leaders including Zenith Sangma and Deborah Marak too have applied for the party ticket to contest the election from Tura constituency.
Empowerment of AR amounts to removing federal structure of India
The recent notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to enable Assam Rifles personnel to arrest anyone and conduct searches without a warrant in five North Eastern states has drawn flak from the State Congress with one of its leaders, Ampareen Lyngdoh stating that this amounts to infringing into the sovereignty of the country by removing federal structure which is inherent with the constitution.
Reacting sharply Lyngdoh said that the Union Government is now sending armed forces to arrest people without warrant and raid anybody’s house and in future they may even declare a state of emergency and put the North Eastern states under presidents Rule.
“You cannot treat us under the armed force special power act and we are not a party to the act,” she said.
Underscoring that the there is no mention of Meghalaya in the notification, she said that in the same notification, it has been mentioned that Assam Rifles will be given the authority to operate in certain parts of Meghalaya. “The notification has created a lot of confusion and this move of the Union Government is not painting a healthy picture of Meghalaya before the world,” Lyngdoh said.
“You are undermining the capacity of the state armed force and state police to manage our own affairs,” she added.
She further said that this notification will lead to chaos.