By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Congress candidate from Shillong South constituency, Manas Chaudhuri, on Friday said he has joined the Congress for the sake of stability.
“The Congress is the only party which is capable of providing a stable government. The people of the State have suffered for the past 40 years due to fractured mandates,” Chaudhuri said after filing his nomination papers here.
“Meghalaya has seen 17 Governments over the past many years,” he said, while pointing out that instability was the main reason behind lack of development in the State.
“Ever since the State was created there has been only a single occasion in 1993 where a Government completed its full term,” the Congress candidate said, adding that coalition government is not favourable as it is a deterrent for the growth and development of the State.
“I appeal to the people of the State to give a mandate to one single party this time for the overall growth and progress of the State,” Chaudhuri said.
“If the people feel that UDP is the best option they are free to vote for that party, but if they have faith in the Congress then they should all vote the Congress to power,” said the Mawprem legislator.
Explaining his reasons for not choosing the UDP after having served as a Minister in the MPA Government led by the party, the Mawprem legislator said as a party the UDP was weaker when compared to the Congress.
“The UDP is not a bad party but it does not have its reach across the State like the Congress,” he added.
Lauding Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for the overall improvement of the State, Chaudhuri said he has not come across any other leader as dynamic as Dr Sangma.
“The State had not seen so many new initiatives and programmes being implemented in the past years. All the credit should go to the Chief Minister for coming up with so many innovative ideas,” Chaudhuri said while adding that Dr Sangma has been able to galvanize the bureaucracy and motivated the members in his Cabinet.
On the issue of whether the Congress would be able to elect an undisputed leader in the CLP in view of the infighting in the party, Chaudhuri said they would not allow infighting to reach to a level where it would hamper the growth of the State.
“We would take all possible steps to see that the CLP leader elect lasts for the full five years,” Chaudhuri said.
On his priorities, Chaudhuri said he would address the issue of scarcity of water in the constituency.
“Many people are still forced to buy water and they are spending so much money to buy water and this has to be stopped,” Chaudhuri said, while promising to ensure improvement in the water distribution system.
Due importance would also be accorded to improvement of primary education to boost young minds, he added.
On the failure of the State legislators to implement the MLA Schemes as desired, he said, “It is not true that legislators do not want to implement the schemes in a proper way. I have personally experienced that the schemes are not being released even after one and half years. The whole problem lies with the bureaucracy. There is red-tapism somewhere which leads to delays in release of these schemes,” he said.
The Congress candidate was accompanied by Shillong South Block Congress Committee president Biman Talukdar, among others.