Congress welcome Saleng, Richard to its fold, to announce list of candidates by Jan 26

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SHILLONG, JAN 23: Former NCP state president and Gambegre legislator Saleng A Sangma and MDC of Sutnga-Nongkhlieh Richard Lyngdoh on Monday joined the Congress.

Welcoming the two leaders, MPCC president Vincent H Pala said that the wave of the Congress will start from Jaintia Hills to Garo Hills with the joining of the two leaders.

He informed that the Congress is likely to announce the list of its candidates by January 25 or 26. He said the party has already cleared 57 candidates out of 60.

Pala will attend a meeting of the screening committee on Tuesday and CEC meeting on Wednesday.

The Congress president also recalled how Saleng A Sangma was denied a ticket by the former leaders of the party.

“He was with the youth Congress and he used to go to UP for the election of Rahul Gandhi. He had worked very hard on the ground those days but some people saw he was a threat to them so they denied him the ticket,” he said.

He also expressed confidence that Saleng can influence lots of the youth as a victim and as an experienced leader. “Saleng is one of the brightest politicians who can have a future, he has the personality, he has the courage and he has the capacity. So he is not only a leader in his constituency but he is a leader for the people of Garo Hills as well as people of Meghalaya,” Pala added.

Earlier, Mathew said the two leaders have joined the Congress because they find that the development promises made in Meghalaya was only words and not in letter and spirit.

“Actually the interest of Meghalaya was compromised and surrendered in many areas. That’s the reason why leaders after getting the pulse from their own followers and constituencies understand that it is only the Congress party which can deliver the required desire and political need of the people of Meghalaya,” he said.

He said the Congress will soon highlight the issues which the government of Meghalaya compromised the interest of the people of Meghalaya.

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