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Edmund vows to woo Sangma to join Cong
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 10:
Published on 11 Feb. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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NCP leader Edmund K Sangma who quit his party and joined Congress today asserted that he would work out strategies to woo legislators including NCP stalwart and former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma to come back to Congress.
He termed his decision for deserting NCP and joined Congress as nothing to be surprised with because “politically, we were born and brought up in Congress.”
“We, including our leader PA Sangma were originally from Congress and deserted the party (Congress) due to political compulsion,” Edmund along with his brother and NCP MDC Purno K Sangma and other six NCP MDCs told reporters in Secretariat here after the meeting with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma. Edmund who is the working president of NCP in Meghalaya however did not criticize against his leader (PA Sangma) for defecting to the Congress.
To a question, if more NCP members including PA Sangma would be roped in to come back to Congress, Mr Edmund said, “everything will not possible at a time. We will try to work out strategies to bring more party workers including our leader (PA Sangma) and NCP legislators to Congress.”
However Edmund’s answer was negative, if he would go back to the NCP because of political compulsion.
On the decision of the NCP MDCs in GHADC to join Congress for the formation of a new Executive Committee (EC), Mr Edmund justified that due to the ongoing political deadlock, the members took the decision with sense of responsibility and concern for the sufferings and difficulties being faced by the people in view of the absence of a democratically instituted EC in the Council.
“Until and unless members coming together, the sufferings of the people will not be able to address. We therefore applied our minds and we have fully convinced that it will not be wise to allow the present political deadlock to continue any further in GHADC,” Edmund stated.
Purno K Sangma (former CEM during the EC led by NCP in 2008) also the brother of Edmund said that his decision to join Congress was to ensure stability in GHADC.
He denied that he had joined Congress due to fear of the Commission of Inquiry as he is one of the MDCs whose name has been allegedly accused to have involved in the financial irregularities in GHADC.
The NCP leaders-turned-Congress-members also denied that their decision to join Congress has been influenced by money.

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