Former Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal officially joined the National People’s Party (NPP) today and was declared the party candidate for Phulbari constituency in 2023.
NPP president, Conrad Sangma said impact will be felt in the entire plain belt of Garo Hills with the joining of Mondal. “The impact will not just be in Phulbari constituency but in constituencies adjacent to it and wherever we have significant Muslim populations and other tribes and other groups and other religious groups and that the confidence level of these different groups in different parts of the state will definitely go up,” Sangma stated.
Speaking at the induction function held at the NPP office here, Mondal said he chose to join NPP party because of stability. “From my personal experience in politics since 1998, stability is the major factor for the overall development of the state. During that year, almost five governments were installed and subsequently it continued when Congress was in power.”
Mondal said a change of government in between terms mean change in programs and policies thereby affecting the people. He praised the localised development programmes under the MDA government.
“People in my constituency and the entire block Congress are happy,” he said.
Mondal who was the Congress legislator from Phulbari from 2013 to 2018 however refused to term the grand-old party a sinking ship. “In many scenarios many political parties were wiped out, but they bounced right back,” he said.