Shillong, Oct 11 (UNI) In the run-up to the Meghalaya assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar today appreciated Purno A Sangma's decision to return to Meghalaya politics.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker and nine-time MP Purno A Sangma had announced that he would return to Meghalaya politics and contest the ensuing Assembly elections from his hometown Tura Assembly constituency.
''We appreciate Mr Sangma's decision to lead the state in the next assembly elections,'' Mr Pawar said, while addressing the Central Working Committee meeting of the NCP, which held discussions on the assembly elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
Eulogizing the leader for his contribution at the national politics, the NCP Chief said the NCP, under the leadership of PA Sangma can give development-oriented governance in the state.
The NCP has a lot of advantages compared to other political parties, he said, while pointing out Mr Sangma's towering personality and leadership.
''The people in Meghalaya are missing good governance and ''under Sangma's leadership, the NCP will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Meghalaya,'' he said.
''NCP is not a party which depends on money, rather we believe in human values,'' Mr Pawar added.
Mr Pawar reiterated that development-oriented government was the need of the hour in Meghalaya and added that there should be a new direction to the state of Meghalaya which is plagued by lack of good governance.
Advising his party candidates in Meghalaya, Mr Pawar suggested them to approach the voters with humility as the party did not believe in money power.
He said the NCP is the only party in the country, which believes in decentralisation of power, as the NCP state leaders in Meghalaya were given powers to select the candidates for the next elections.
The NCP is banking on the performance of young candidates this time. Seventy per cent party candidates were below the age of 40, the 67 Maratha leader said.
''We also have professors, technocrats and those devoted to farming as candidates to contest the next elections,'' Mr Pawar said, adding the dynamic candidates under the active leadership of Mr Sangma can bring a change in governance.