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After NPP tells VPP to get ILP, VPP retorts: Hand over power

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, June 8: The political slug-fest between ruling MDA and challenger VPP is unlikely to ebb in a hurry.
Buoyed by the thumping victory at the parliamentary polls, VPP is maintaining its aggro, while NPP the main prop of ruling MDA coalition while licking its wounds, is sparing no opportunity to take a dig at the newbie VPP.
VPP on Saturday retorted that the MDA 2.0 should let them govern the State if it is unable to meet the aspirations of the people. This terse reaction came after NPP tauntingly asked the VPP MP elect to take up pending issues of the people in the parliament.
VPP chief Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said that instead it would be better if they say that VPP should take over the governance if the MDA feels they cannot run the government.
It is recalled that poking at the VPP after their recent win in the MP elections, Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma had on Thursday stated that now it is on the newly-elected Lok Sabha member Ricky AJ Syngkon to convince the Centre to implement ILP in the state besides making the voice of the people heard in the Parliament.
Training its gun at MDA, he shifted focus to the extension of life of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) by six months by the state government. In this regard, the VPP chief said the extension of the term was done out of fear that the VPP would oust them from power.
According to him, the extension was made since the MDA government 2.0 are scared of the VPP and wanted the VPP wave to douse which however turned the other way and they won the MP elections with a record margin.
He wondered if the MDA government is even serious about conducting the KHADC and JHADC polls out of the fear of the VPP winning the council polls and also ruining their chances in the 2028 Assembly polls.
Meanwhile, the VPP had a huge gathering at Smit on Saturday as part of their thanksgiving to the people for their support for their MP-elect Ricky J Syngkon who won with a record highest winning margin of 3,71,910 votes in Shillong ever since 1972.
Thousands showed up at the gathering and the VPP apart from thanking them also assured to continue to take up the issues of the public to the forefront and resound them not just in the state but also the state capital.

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