|Daryl William Momin campaigns at Kherapara in West Garo Hills on Saturday.
Picture by Saidul Khan
Tura, March 29: The high-voltage Congress campaign, led by Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, has instilled confidence in young Daryl William Momin.
Though Sangma and Momin have not shared campaign space, the youth icon is making an attempt to introduce himself, along with party functionaries, legislators and district council members in rural areas.
Momin, 27, is making short speeches and is trying to connect to voters. Besides, addressing about four to five campaign meetings a day, he is spending meaningful time with the youth.
Addressing a campaign at Kherapara in West Garo Hills, Momin said: “I will not promise anything. I know you have heard enough of promises, all these years. I seek your vote for change. Together, we can make things happen.”
Critics said Momin would not be able to connect to people since he studied outside Tura, did his graduation from St Xavier’s College, Calcutta, and MBA from Bond University, Australia.
Though Momin seemed nervous during his initial campaign days, he has gained ground. He now speaks the local Garo language to make his voice heard, loud and clear.
Without naming his rival Purno Sangma, a veteran in politics, Momin said: “You voted for one person all these years. Give me a chance to lead you, so that the other side of the coin can be tested. I promise to work for change”.
The campaign for the April 9 Tura Lok Sabha seat is gaining momentum. The Congress has begun to put up hoardings and posters of Momin with his late grandfather and first chief minister of Meghalaya Williamson Sangma, who is branded as the “father of the state”.
Momin is banking on the legacy of his grandfather.
There are also giant hoardings in Tura which show Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
The National People’s Party brought in a special election bus today which will tour several places from tomorrow to woo the electorate.
Meanwhile the district administration, in collaboration with district election office, today held a series of programmes to generate voter awareness.
The events include a run, a kite-flying competition and show of coloured lanterns. West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi said: “The idea is to attract the youth to exercise their right to franchise in the Lok Sabha elections.”