SHILLONG, Aug 27: Hailing the decision of the people of Ranikor constituency not to elect former legislator, Martin M Danggo of the National People’s Party (NPP), the Congress party in Meghalaya has said that this is a lesson that the electorate have chosen to teach their former five – time MLA.
“The people have given the right decision because of the inconveniences created for them meaning that they have given him (Danggo) another chance yet he resigned. It is a lesson being taught,” Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Celestine Lyngdoh said on Monday.
Danggo resigned as Congress MLA after he was elected for the fifth time in the February 27-Assembly polls held this year. He later joined the ruling NPP following the upgradation of Ranikor Administration Unit into a civil sub-division.
Danggo however failed to win the resultant by elections when he was defeated by Pius Marwein of the United Democratic Party (UDP) by a margin of nearly 3,000 votes.
Asked why the Congress could not retain the seat, Lyngdoh said that all this while Danggo was a Congress man but suddenly on his resignation, it was very difficult for the party to find a new face.
With regards to South Tura by-election where the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma won with a thumping margin by defeating the Congress’ candidate, Lyngdoh said, “We respect the choice of the people even though it was a good contest. However, it is not a surprise for us because their family has always won from there even in the last elections.”
Lyngdoh also said that people of the state have started to realize the false hope and false promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and would soon realize the need to turn to the Congress again.
“Of course in our state, there is not much presence of the BJP but then collaboration with the BJP implies the same thing. The people will ultimately return to the Congress,” he said.