Alva attacks Sangma for fielding family members

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Shillong, Feb 22 (UNI) AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya today Margaret Alva critisised former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP's chief ministerial candidate P A Sangma for fielding his family members in the electoral fray.

Mr Sangma have fielded two of his sons, Conrad and James from Selsella and Rongchugiri constituency respectively, in the March third Assembly polls.

''As a result, the NCP's popularity has dipped.'' Mrs Alva alleged.

The former Lok Sabha speaker, who is contesting from Tura constituency, countered Mrs Alva's allegation saying his two sons' nomination were justified as they were young and qualified.

''My sons were not fielded because of their surname. We need young and qualified people in politics. Both my sons are well-educated and are committed to take the state forward towards development,'' Mr Sangma stated.

Exuding confidence over retaining power in Meghalaya, Mrs Alva said, the Congress is doing very well, even the Chief Minister too.

''We are confident to form our own government,'' she asserted Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Dasmunshi also lashed out at Mr Sangma stating the NCP chief cannot forget the good works done by the party in the state.

''Congress leaders like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Capt Williamson Sangma contributed tremendously towards development of the state,'' Mr Dasmunshi said during an election rally.

The Congress has fielded its candidates in the 60-member house, while the NCP fielded 52 seats.

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