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Corruption not a factor in VPP’s win: Conrad

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SHILLONG, June 5: Chief Minister and NPP national president, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday sought to slight the Voice of the People Party’s massive success in Shillong to its anti-corruption call, and said that allegations of corruption against the MDA Government has no basis.
Sangma told reporters that based on the government’s own inquiry they found that none of the allegations of corruption have any basis.
“It is easy to point fingers but there has to be a basis. It is a concern that a narrative is being created about corruption. We have to ensure that there is maximum transparency in whatever we do,” the chief minister said.
Asked if there is any threat to the MDA following the humiliating defeat of the NPP and all of its partners in the Lok Sabha election, he said he will look into that aspect and hold a meeting with the coalition partners.
“We will complete this term and work in a stable manner and continue to serve the people,” he said.
Reacting to the VPP’s demand for the MDA Government to step down, Sangma said people of the state have given them the mandate in the Assembly election and based on that, they have formed the government.
Accepting the NPP’s defeat, Sangma defended his party’s dismal performance in both the seats saying, “Every election is different and all elections are contested on different ideas. We cannot compare one election with another.”
“It is the duty of every political party to learn from mistakes and look at issues and move forward,” he further said.
Talking about the loss of a 46-year-old legacy in Tura, he said such trends are common in politics and it happens in constituencies and states.
Reacting to the NDA’s slide in the Lok Sabha election, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting of the NDA chief minister in New Delhi on Friday and he would attend the same.
Sangma however heaped praises on the NDA saying forming a government for a third time is a difficult proposition.
Asked to comment about Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma blaming one particular religion for the NDA’s loss in Meghalaya and other Northeastern states, Sangma refused to comment saying he has not seen those comments.

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