Meghalaya News 24 Exclusive.
AICC Incharge for Meghalaya Manish Chatrath will visit Shillong on January 10th.
During his three-day maiden visit to the state capital, Chatrath will meet Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee leaders, legislators, workers, and grassroot workers beside the office bearer.
In his exclusive interview to Meghalaya News 24, the AICC incharge for Meghalaya said, “I am reaching Shillong on the January 10th, I will be there for two-three days and will hold meetings will legislators, party workers and office bearers, besides others.”
Asked about the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) new president issue which was a major topic of discussion, Chatrath, who believes in working together as a team, said, “We will definitely take views of what the state leadership says, we will take a collective decision only.”
He further asserted that no decision will be made individually as he will take into consideration the views of the state Congress leadership.
With the increasing trend of horse-trading and poaching of MLAs reported in various states, Congress has geared up to restrict any such attempt. In Meghalaya, before the last Assembly election in 2018, several sitting congress legislators left the oldest political party and joined other political parties.
Asked about it, Chatrath said, “We are also going to ensure, not too many people start leaving the party because oflate poaching has become prominent, people have started leaving here and there so that’s not good, we as a team have to fight collectively fight.”
The Congress leader also spoke about grooming the upcoming leaders in the party as they gear up for the 2023 election.
Speaking about his main purpose of the visit, the AICC leader said, he will discuss with the state leadership how to strengthen the Congress apart from planning out future agitation programme.
Stating that his visit is delayed due to the COVID 19 crisis, he said, “Basically the idea is to get to know each and everyone, although, I had zoom meetings with them, but physically once you need to meet because earlier, in the month of September they said, COVID 19 is on a very high and borders are sealed so couldn’t come.”