Congress chief Vincent H Pala on Monday informed that the Congress has identified candidates in 57 of the 60 seats for the upcoming Meghalaya legislative Assembly election 2023. The party is in the process of identifying candidates in the remaining three seats.
“We will be contesting in all the 60 seats, as of now we are short of only 3 seats as we have got 57 candidates but hopefully we will contest in all the 60 seats,” Pala told reporters.
Stating that the anti incumbency is very high, MPCC president Vincent Pala said Congress will do well in 2023 election.
He said he don’t believe people will vote for personalities as he gave example of steward politicians like Paul Lyngdoh and Jemino Mawthoh loosing clearly shows personality is not just a factor. Pala also mentioned that people will not vote for personalities but rather Congress has well qualified candidates to fight against these political personalities.
Meanwhile, Pala informed that the Congress will soon come up with the election manifesto, which is already in the final stage of completion. He said the party is also taking the views of the people on issues related to their constituencies that include farmers, coal issues and others.
The Shillong MP slammed the MDA government for its alleged failure in all fronts.
“They have failed in the education sector, teachers are not appointed, people are facing problems in the health centres as they are without medicines, farmers are being exploited, roads are in dilapidated conditions…” he said.
“Thousands of contractors are asked to register but after registration, they don’t get any work as works are being given to only a certain family and certain politicians,” he alleged while adding that the people will give a befitting reply to the MDA government in the upcoming 2023 elections.
He also urged the people to vote for a better tomorrow.
The State Congress president also accused other political parties of poaching its candidates.
Speaking to reporters, Pala said, “I have seen that the other political parties don’t have proper candidates and are always looking to the Congress and try to buy its candidates. Whoever we have projected, they are being bought and purchased.”
He said this has made the party become reluctant to reveal the people who are joining its fold.
He said, “We have good candidates in Mawphlang, Nongkrem, Mawkynrew and other constituencies and everyday people are joining us but we are not exposing because if they join today, tomorrow they will be purchased.”