The state Congress working president, Ampareen Lyngdoh, has observed that the greatest insecurity among the people at present is the loss of livelihood.
Lyngdoh has been campaigning for the party ahead of the three by-elections that will be held on October 30.
“As we move from one place to another in constituencies where the by-polls will be held, one of the factors we observe is the insecurity among the people badly hit by the loss of income,” she told Highland Post.
This loss of livelihood makes the voters in the constituencies of Rajabala, Mawryngkneng and Mawphlang vulnerable to having their votes bought by political parties but she urged them to resist the temptation and vote only according to the relevant issues.
“We request them to re-elect the Congress legislators (Rajabala and Mawryngkneng were held by Congress MLAs) so that we can strengthen the voice of the opposition during this period where we see the government mismanaging everything,” she said.
Big question marks over the government’s behaviour hang over the movement of suspected illegal coal and the breakdown of education due to the disruption of Covid-19, to cite just two.
Another issue, for the Congress at least, is how its own members have been coaxed away to support rival political parties.
“There was no asking for tickets, no conversation about willingness to contest the by-polls and if they were not funded to break away from the Congress then what could the reason be? Is there any other logical explanation?” she questioned, adding that these are indicators of money power in the hands of the few while the poor are getting poorer by the day.
“It’s a government being ruled by money, for money and because of money,” Lyngdoh added.