Meghalaya News 24 exclusive
After suffering a huge setback with the exit of 12 legislators, Congress chief Vincent H Pala has expressed confidence that the party will win an absolute majority in the upcoming 2023 Assembly elections.
“We should get an absolute majority and I am sure we will get it. Leaders may come and go but the voters are with the Congress,” Pala told Meghalaya News 24.
He said that the party will field candidates in all the 60 Assembly seats. “Hopefully, we will give a good fight as so far we have good candidates, some of them are highly educated,” he added.
When asked, the MPCC chief admitted that it will definitely be a challenge for the Congress with the exit of as many as 12 sitting legislators. He however said it is an opportunity for others to come in.
“With Mukul leaving the party along with others, many more are going to join in Garo Hills. Many people have left the party because of Mukul and now they are going to join back,” he claimed.
Stating that the Congress will not face any problem in Garo Hills, Pala said once the organizational system in Garo Hills is in place, the party will have no problem.
To another query, the Congress leader said, “I am very confident that the people of the state are with the Congress. We only have to give them candidates who are competent – some of our candidates are in government jobs so they will have to resign.”
He said that the Congress’ preparation is much better than other parties especially in terms of readiness and quality of the candidates adding that the identification of the candidates is still on.
Pala further informed that the party will have a meeting on Saturday to finalize the office bearers of the MPCC as well as in the district and block level.
“We are sitting on January 15 to finalize all those and hopefully within this month our office will be equipped with all the executive members of the state as well as the districts and the blocks,” he said.
Informing that he will be touring Garo Hills for three days, Pala said, “The preparation is on and on January 17, 18 and 19, I will be in Garo Hills for visit all the blocks in East Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills and North Garo Hills. Hopefully, I will visit 10 blocks and the remaining 14 blocks will visit next month.”
Earlier, Pala had visited all the blocks in the 36 constituencies in Khasi and Jaintia Hills region.
According to him, a team for drafting the party manifesto has been set up and the same will be sent to the AICC for its approval.