Congress sounds poll bugle in Palin rally

Congress alone can protect rights of tribal people: Zenith Sangma

PALIN, Oct 3: Informing that the Constitution of India has envisioned special provisions to protect the rights of tribal people of India, AICC secretary Zenith Sangma said the Congress alone can fight for rights of the tribal people.
He said this while addressing a mega Congress rally here on Wednesday.
Accusing the ruling BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of twisting the policies of previous government threatening the rights of the tribal people, Sangma, who is also Arunachal Pradesh in-charge, cautioned the people against the ‘anti-people policies’ of the Modi Government.
He said that demonetization policy of the BJP government boomeranged, while promises to bring back black money hoarded in foreign banks have proved to be false.
Citing the formation of BJP government after shifting of party loyalty by the elected Congress government and landing of NPP in Arunachal, he warned the masses to be aware of the National Peoples’ Party (NPP) saying that “Meghalaya’s situation has gone from bad to worse under the NPP government’s rule.
“Such a small party (NPP) cannot tackle larger issues the way the Congress can,” he said and called on the people to strengthen the Congress party in the state.
Local MLA Takam Pario, in his address, said that he has facilitated multi-faceted development including road link, water and power supply to almost all villages of Palin constituency during his 10-year tenure.
Many ambitious schemes are being implemented now, he added.
Pario said that his next top priority will be on other sectors, particularly health sector.
He appealed to the gathering not to believe in the BJP, which toppled the Congress government, and lauded former PRI leaders and the new comers who remained with the party.
APCC president Takam Sanjoy said, ‘The ruling central BJP government is known for its lies”.
“The Congress policy is neither to tell lies nor to discriminate anyone on the basis of caste, creed or religion, Sanjoy said and accused that “Narendra Modi, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi have looted the money deposited by poor people in the banks, but Modi government is a silent spectator.”
“BJP has become synonymous with the words division and destruction,” he said, while going on to claim that “though former CM Nabam Tuki had nominated Pema Khandu to be the CM, he (Pema) had switched over to the PPA, followed by shifting loyalty to the BJP as BJP leaders in Delhi had threatened to stop fund flow if he failed to embrace the BJP.”
“PM Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari during their visit to the state had announced to sanction Rs 50,000 crore to speed up development that prompted state leaders to embrace BJP, but their announcement remained a mirage,” former CM Nabam Tuki said.
He further said that the “BJP-led ruling state government has been changing names of policies evolved by him, including the universal health insurance, claiming to be theirs, which is nothing but befooling the masses.”
“The ongoing Trans-Arunachal Highway is a gift of former PM Dr Manmohan Singh,” Tuki said and suggested to move state and central governments for maintenance of Joram-Koloriang and Potin-Bopi roads, and exuded confidence that Congress will come back to power in 2019.
AIMC GS Jarjum Ete said that Palin witnessed sea changes under the initiatives of MLA Pario and the ongoing road building would speed up development of the district. The year 2019 will see Congress making inroads in the Centre and the state, Ete added.
MLA Markio Tado, former APCC president Padi Richo and APYC president Geli Ete also spoke on the occasion.