| Mukul Sangma at the election rally on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Tura, March 25: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today branded National People’s Party candidate Purno Sangma a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
Launching a weeklong campaign trail in Garo hills for the Tura Lok Sabha seat, Mukul addressed four rallies today covering East, West and South Garo Hills districts for the April 9 Lok Sabha polls.
Calling all projections of BJP’s prospects hogwash, Mukul said, “Modi magic will not work. Congress will once again form the government at the Centre.” He said, “Purno is drumming up support by saying that BJP and NDA will form the government. This is totally incorrect. He is doing so for his vested interest. Let me tell you, he (Purno) is an agent of BJP and is contesting the poll on an NPP ticket to propagate the message of RSS. Perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
He said, “If BJP is allowed to form the government, there will be a chaotic situation. BJP is guided by RSS and they believe in one religion. If that happens minorities in India will face a tough time.”
On Purno’s remark that Mukul is the chief minister of Ampati, he said, “Today development is visible across Meghalaya. I have ensured completion of major road connectivity in Garo, Khasi and Jaintia hills.”
On the allegation that he was focusing only on his own constituency, he asked, “Who has taken an initiative to set up a medical and engineering college in Meghalaya?”
At all the campaign rallies in Songsak, Chokpot, Ashugre and Melliem, he justified the Congress government’s approach for holistic development in the state. On insurgency and delay in peace talks with Achik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), he termed the “unstable government” factor in Meghalaya as the prime reason.
“In 2004, a suspension of operation pact was signed between the ANVC, the state government and the Centre. However, the settlement was delayed due to the failure of successive coalition governments in Meghalaya,” he said.
Expressing his commitment to resolve insurgency, he said, “We have inked an agreement for settlement with the ANVC in 2013, talks are in the final stages. Today we have a stable government and we have the mandate. Our government has postponed the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council election to facilitate a permanent solution to pave way for peace in Garo hills.”
Mukul banked on the stable Congress government for sustained growth of the state. Highlighting all parameters for development and flagship programmes, he urged voters to ensure that Congress candidate Daryl William Momin is elected to represent Garo hills in Parliament.
He described Momin as the progeny of late Capt. Williamson Sangma, the founder chief minister of Meghalaya.
“Daryl has the DNA of politics, he is young, educated and has the capability to lead us. Congress has selected Momin because we believe in building a next generation of youth leaders,” he said.