Tura: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who is also national president of the National People’s Party (NPP), has been on a campaign spree to garner support for his party for the forthcoming elections to the 30-member Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) scheduled to be held on April 12.
Counting of votes will be carried out on April 14 and the results will also be declared the same day.
Even as the five-year term of the GHADC expired on October 18, 2020, fresh elections could not be conducted due to the COVID-19 situation and the GHADC came under the Governor’s rule for six months which will end on April 18.
Election to the district council was postponed by the Election Commission in view of the upcoming assembly elections in neighbouring Assam and Bengal.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Tuesday kicked-off his campaign tour for the election to the Council from Adokgre, North Garo Hills district, which was renamed as ‘Chenanggre’ or ‘Land of Victory’ by (late) P.A. Sangma, the former Lok Sabha Speaker and father of the Chief Minister.
Addressing an election meeting in Mangsang under Darugre GHADC constituency, Sangma said that hat people should vote for a party that “listens to the people”, even as he maintained that the Congress has lost the people’s confidence across the country.
The Chief Minister urged the electorate to vote for the ruling NPP in Meghalaya, which is also part of the NDA at the Centre.
“The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 700 crore for district councils of Meghalaya, of which GHADC will get around Rs 250 crore for creating development assets for Garo Hills,” he said.
The NPP national president claimed that “Congress has lost its political ground across India and they have no political will anymore.
They have no option in the party even for party president post in State or Centre level.”
He urged the people to vote for ruling party – NPP, because council cannot function without the support of the State and Centre.
Urging the people to not get carried away by false propaganda of Congress, he appealed the people to vote for NPP and its candidates.
The opposition Congress has also fielded candidates for 29 of the 30 constituencies, one member of which is appointed by the governor of the State.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, ALexander Laloo Hek has voiced confidence that his party would form the new executive committee in the GHADC.
Urging the people to vote for BJP, which is part of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic
Alliance (MDA), he highlighted the development measures undertaken under the initiatives of the BJP-led NDA government in Garo Hills, where his party has fielded 29 candidates.