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Agatha files nomination in presence of NPP top leaders


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Tura, Mar 26: In a massive show of strength, sitting MP for the Tura seat, Agatha Sangma today filed her nomination for the Tura seat in the presence of a massive crowd of supporters along with the Who’s Who of the party from Garo Hills, including the CM, Conrad Sangma, deputy CM Prestone Tynsong, power minister, AT Mondal, PHE minister, Marcusie Marak and almost all the MLAs of the party from the region.

Agatha was also joined in her nomination by her mother, Sarodini K Sangma and her husband, Dr Patrick Marak. She was the second candidate to file her nomination after Congress MLA, Saleng A Sangma filed his papers earlier today, Mar 26. She filed her nomination in front of the Returning Officer, Jagdish Chelani.

Speaking to media persons after her nomination, Agatha said she wanted to continue the agenda of development and inclusion that was being undertaken by the NDA government and she was confident of a positive result once again for her candidature.

On being asked about the impact the controversial Citizens’ Amendment Act (CAA) to her prospects, Agatha said that she believed it would have nil impact as the state was practically exempted from the Act.

“We signed CAA as most of the NE has been exempted from the Act (Sixth Schedule areas). Before the Act, we were in the consultation forum and were informed beforehand that 6th Schedule areas would not be impacted by the new law. We would not have signed on otherwise,” she said adding CAA was a non issue except for the opposition making a noise about it.

On the developmental front for Garo Hills, Agatha said that during her campaigns she has witnessed the development of the region first hand.

“Earlier during our campaigns we have seen the lack of roads and school infrastructure, hospitals etc., in many places but due to the development initiatives of the present government there has been transformation for the better,” she felt while adding that this was something she wanted to carry on in the coming term if given the mandate again.

She added that this election there were no major issues that the opposition could voice out on while adding that there was a need to continue on the path of development that has been brought into the state by the present NPP led government over the past 6 years.

“NPP has given development in the last 6 years and me being a part of the NPP if given the mandate it will only show that the party is being accepted by the people

Replying to a question on the apprehension of minorities in some states over religious persecution, Agatha said that they have been vocal on the front and voiced out against any atrocities that were perpetrated.

“This is something we have always voiced out against in the Parliament. I am also a part of the Christian MPs forum as a convener. We have discussed these issues and collectively take it up,” she asserted.



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