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NPP pledges to oust Cong

Shillong, Nov. 12: The National People’s Party (NPP) today declared that it would go all out to end Congress’s domination in Meghalaya.

“We will grab anything to finish off the Congress in the 2013 Assembly polls,” NPP’s Meghalaya state unit president W.R. Kharlukhi said at a news conference.

He hinted that “factionalism” within the Congress — where several power centres have emerged — would be something that the NPP would be cashing on.

“We are sure that the Congress will face a severe beating in the 2013 polls and that a non-Congress government will be formed after the elections. We are targeting all the sitting Congress legislators,” Kharlukhi said.

The party has so far announced a list of 29 candidates who will contest on NPP tickets in the 2013 polls scheduled for February-March. However, in what it termed a “political strategy”, the NPP will support two Independent candidates from West Jaintia Hills district in the polls.

The party will be offering support to two Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) sitting members — Moonlight Pariat from Jowai constituency and Stephen Mukhim from Amlarem constituency. While Pariat was with the NCP earlier, Mukhim had all along been a Congress member.

“Since both had sought our support, the party felt it should not put up any candidate in the two constituencies. This is part of larger political strategy,” Kharlukhi said. He also informed that if elected, they would join the party as associate members.

The NPP president said talks were on with a regional party to explore the possibilities of a pre-poll alliance.