Chief minister Mukul Sangma, about to become one of the few chief ministers who could complete full terms in office, said he is confident Congress will retain power in the state, which goes to the polls early next year.
"I have received survey reports of other political parties. We will have a stable government, a very strong and stable government," Mukul told the media after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday evening.
Responding to National People's Party (NPP) national chief and Tura MP Conrad Sangma's recent statement that the chief minister would lose from both Ampati and Songsak, from which he is likely to contest, he said, "As far as NPP is concerned, I am assuring you that they will be stuck at single digits. They will not cross single digits (in 2018)." Mukul has had a stellar record in his home constituency of Ampati in South Garo Hills district. This time, sources said, he might contest from East Garo Hills district's Songsak, traditionally an NPP stronghold, as well.
In the last assembly elections, Mukul led Congress to a resounding victory with a near sweep in the Garo Hills region. As far as criticism of his government's performance is concerned, the chief minister said it is only natural for such remarks to be made as elections approach. "Who will not criticize right before the elections? There is nothing new about this," he said.
Source: TOI-TheTimesOfIndia (TNN)