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Mukul takes a dig at NPP chief

Shillong, March 20: Meghalaya chief minister, Mukul Sangma today said National People’s Party (NPP) leader Purno Agitok Sangma returned to the state to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Tura because he wanted to grab something “before he dies”.

He said this at a news conference here on the sidelines of a joint meeting of the Congress to prepare for the Lok Sabha polls for its candidate, Vincent H. Pala, a former Union minister and sitting Lok Sabha member from Shillong.

The chief minister who is going all out for Congress candidate Daryl William Momin, a novice contesting against the NPP national president also known as Garo hills strongman from Tura parliamentary constituency, said from Meghalaya both the seats — Shillong and Tura — would go the Congress.

The Lok Sabha polls for the two seats will be held on April 9.

Mukul accused Sangma of being a greedy person by overthrowing his own daughter, Agatha, the current Tura MP, though he claimed to be grooming young people to become leaders.

Mukul said besides the two seats in Meghalaya, 10 of 14 seats in Assam, one seat in Mizoram, two seats each in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh would go to the Congress.