Shillong, Dec 8: National People’s Party (NPP) is hopeful of wining the Shillong parliamentary seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls after deciding to nominate cabinet minister Ampareen Lyngdoh as its candidate. This is the first time that NPP will be contesting from Shillong parliamentary seat.
NPP’s national general secretary in-charge finance, James K Sangma, on Friday said the party will give its best shot to win the Shillong parliamentary seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sangma claimed that the NPP candidate from Shillong and cabinet minister Ampareen Lyngdoh is getting a very good response from the public.
“Election is election. There is no need for posturing. We must give our best shot as a party and today we have a very good candidate, who has already started campaigning and she is getting a very good response from the public. We are working hard as a party, as a family, and I think we are very hopeful that this will yield good results,” he told reporters.
The constituency has been represented by the sitting MP Vincent H Pala of the Congress for the past 15 years.
Asked, Sangma said the anti-incumbency is always a factor in elections and it will play its part against the sitting MP of Shillong.
“I would not say that it will not play a part in this election. It could be very well be a major factor in elections but then again for us, our focus is primarily on our candidate on the kind of vision that she has for the region, of how she can as an MP to do things better, do things differently – so that would be a positive campaign we are looking forward to rather than the negative one where we start criticising opponents,” he said.
On Pala blaming the NPP-led MDA government for delay in inclusion of Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule, Sangma said that is factually incorrect.
“We all know Khasi has found its way; of course, there is no finalisation to this as it has to go to Parliament but then it has found its way into the list. Garo for some reasons was at that point of time not found its place in that list but that was rectified, as I had just mentioned, by our MP Agatha. She went and met central ministers and that was rectified. I think to say that it isn’t being considered is factually incorrect,” he added.
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