Congress will not win elections based on weakness of other parties; will focus on strengthening: Pala

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Meghalaya News 24 Exclusive

Opposition Congress chief Vincent H Pala on Friday said he would soon form a team to prepare the party for the upcoming 2023 Assembly elections in the state.

Speaking to Meghalaya News 24, Pala said that organizing the party would be one of his top priorities.

“We would form a team looking towards the 2023 election. So it is a challenge because we are in the opposition but I am sure the way people call me, the way people talk about the Congress lately, I think we should be able to organize ourselves and put our house in order. This is my top priority,” he said.

Stating that the Congress will not win elections based on the weakness of other parties, the Shillong MP said, “We will win elections only if we are strong, so we have to strengthen ourselves, we have to reach out to the people, we have to know what the people wants because when it comes to elections, it is not what we want for example what the people wants is also a challenge for us because many of the areas which we don’t even have for example Jaintia Hills we don’t even have a candidate last time.

This time I hope with one and a half years ahead, we should be able to do all those things. As party president these are my top priorities and responsibilities,” he added.

 

The MPCC chief further said that he would also try to bring back former leaders who have left the party and to also to hold back those who want to leave the party.

 

Asked if he would approach the former MPCC chief Dr DD Lapang, Pala said, “We will leave no stone unturned we will approach all those who have gone be it those in the ruling govt, most of them are my friends only, it is up to them to come back or not to come back but they have left with some reasons. This time with 2023 coming, I think they would like to contest from our party.

I have already discussed with the MDCs and MLAs and most of them told me that we should approach them if we want to win the 2023, we have to cross the magical number, we have to cross 30 otherwise BJP will give a problem.”

 

He further asserted the need to enlighten the people that the  Congress party is always in favour of tribals, the Congress party is always in favour of minorities.

 

“For us minorities the best is the Congress and that we should tell the people,” he added.

 

To another query, the Congress leader however said look at the last results most of the people now in the present cabinet were in the Congress.

 

“So I don’t think many of them will come back but leaders are one thing but voters who have gone with them we should try to get them back with us. It is easier to get the voters whom they have taken from the Congress as they have left the party just before the election so we didn’t have candidates and they are gone with them,” he said.

 

“So we have seen like many other MLAs who are ministers now, most likely they are not coming back to us but the voters there is a chance for them to come back to us. I have seen like in MP elections many of them came back. Since they are ready to vote for the Congress in MP elections that means they have nothing against the Congress.

If we give them proper candidates, proper approach and proper treatment I hope many of them will come back,” he further added.