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Assembly elections: 2013

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: Ruling Congress has said it is confident of getting a clear-cut majority in the assembly elections due in 2013.

“We are confident that the party will win the Assembly elections on its own,” AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya Dhaniram Shandil told reporters after the first meeting of the 13- member election co-ordination committee of the party here on Monday.

When asked if the revival of regional forces would pose any threat to his party’s chances, Shandil, who heads the poll committee, said he does not feel “there will be any threat to the party’s chances even if the regional parties come together.”

Informing on the issues discussed in Monday’s meeting, Shandil said, “The committee is contemplating to chalk out cohesive and efficient strategies to brighten the party’s chances in 2013 election.”

He said they would also allocate and sub-allocate various responsibilities to the party leaders while trying to put in place an election mechanism which would help the party in its preparations for elections.

While expressing his happiness to have some eminent leaders of the party including former Chief Ministers in the committee, Shandil said, “The experience of senior leaders would be a huge plus for the party.”

Meanwhile, referring to some recent statements of UDP and KHNAM that they are not happy with the overall performance of the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said being a partner of the coalition the UDP and KHNAM would have to share the blame for any failure of the Government.

“When they are staking claim for all the good things being done by the Government, they are equally responsible for any mistake committed by the Government,” Dr Sangma Said.

Besides former Chief Minister DD Lapang, who is out of station, the other members of the committee who failed to attend Monday’s meeting include Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent Pala, who is currently attending the Winter Session of the Parliament and former Minister FW Momin.

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