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MDA more divided than Cong: Shillong MP  

Shillong, Oct 20: Shillong MP Vincent Pala said on Wednesday that there is no unity among the MDA coalition partners and that they are more divided than the Congress.

His response is after the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma criticised the Congress by saying that it is a driverless party.

“The cabinet ministers of the MDA cannot see eye to eye among themselves because they are fighting for bones” Pala told reporters.

According to Pala, as there is no unity among them, the NPP is on one side, while the UDP and the PDF are on the other side.

In Garo Hills, the NPP got its own candidate and UDP has its own inspite of being together in the government, he said.

He said the MDA partners should have at least united during the byelection.

“Now people realised that there is no question for them to unite. So they are more divided than the Congress,” he stated.

When asked about the criticism of chief minister, Pala said,“Conrad, whenever he has no agenda, only points out to the Congress. There is no such division we are totally strong. I think this time we are stronger and united than ever before,”Pala said.

The Shillong MP said there are no differences between him and the Congress legislature party leader Mukul Sangma.

“Only at the beginning I think Dr Mukul might have already given a statement in the press that AICC might have misunderstanding with him, nothing to do with me. He went to Delhi and he got it clarified and as of now we are working together. That is why I said if you see on the ground, Congress workers are more united than the ruling workers as there is no unity among them.”

To a question, he said, “ There is no question of so many groups within the party, Congress is one. I may have my own idea, they may have their own idea, own views, but what binds us together is the party,” he added.

Hope to win bypolls

Pala expressed confidence that the party will win all the three Assembly seats – Mawryngkneng, Mawphlang and Rajabala.

“We are working overtime and if you look on the ground I think Congress works more than any other party, we are struggling a lot so I am very confident that we will win from all the three seats,” he said.

He said in Mawryngkneng, some Congress leaders had decided to contest against the party candidate Highlander Kharmalki but by this time, the people realised that ‘Congress is Congress’

Pala said Charles Pyngrope, senior party leader and father of the former sitting MLA  David A Nongrum, is also working overtime and very hard campaigning for the party candidate to ensure the party retains the Mawryngkneng seat.

East Shillong MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh and Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah MDC PN Syiem are coordinating with all the leaders for the campaigning in Mawryngkneng constituency while Rymbrai-Jyrngam MLA Kimfa S Marbaniang and Mawhati MDC Charles Marngar are looking after Mawphlang constituency. In Garo Hills, Marthon Sangma and Deborah Marak are coordinating with the leaders for the election campaignfor Rajabala candidate Hashina Yasmin.

He said the Congress is avoiding big rallies due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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