| Daryl William Momin (left) during the prayer meeting on Sunday. Picture by Saidul Khan |
Tura, March 23: Congress candidate for Tura parliamentary seat Daryl William Momin held a prayer meeting at his house in Hawakhana here today, as he sought divine intervention to defeat veteran politician and National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Purno Agitok Sangma.
Reverend Janang R. Sangma led the prayer for victory, which was attended by Momin’s close friends, relatives and well-wishers.
At the meeting, people drew comparisons between the Biblical story of David and Goliath and the electoral battle ensuing in Tura.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Sangma was likened to the giant Goliath while the 27-year-old Momin was compared to David, who, in the story, slayed the nine-foot giant.
Momin said he was motivated by the story.
The Congress believes that Momin will be able to challenge Sangma. For the greenhorn, the upcoming election is a defining line moment in his political career.
But for Sangma, it is a “do or die” fight.
Momin is banking on the legacy of his grandfather, Williamson Sangma, who is regarded as the architect of Meghalaya.
The Congress is confident that with 13 Congress MLAs from Garo hills and five other independents and member of district council, it will give a tough fight to Sangma, who has returned to active national politics after a gap of six-and-a-half years.
The prestigious seat has been a stronghold for Sangma and his family, as no other candidate has won it since 1977.