Shillong (Meghalaya) [India], Mar. 04 (ANI): After failing to form a government in Meghalaya, state Congress president Vincent Pala on Sunday said that it was his party who won the mandate of the people in the state assembly.
Talking on the alliance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the National People's Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP), Pala asserted that it was known beforehand that all the three parties were together.
"We do not have pre-poll alliance with anybody. Right from the time of campaigning, we knew that the BJP, the NPP, and the UDP were together and it has been proved now. The mandate was actually given to the Congress party," Pala said.
Speaking to ANI, he said that the Congress have accepted the verdict and even after sitting in Opposition they will keep on fighting for the people.
"We accept the verdict of the people. We will keep fighting for the issues of people of Meghalaya. It is easy to stake the claim, since there is a fractured mandate it is easy to form the government but difficult to govern," Pala said.
Resonating similar sentiments, another Congress leader P.L. Punia said that the BJP is destabilising the mandate of people, which is 'lethal for democracy.'
"This happened earlier in Manipur and Goa. Efforts are being made to destabilise the mandate of people. This is lethal for democracy," Punia said.
Following its defeat in the state Assembly polls here, the BJP on Saturday had suggested that the NPP and UDP enter into an alliance to form a "non-Congress government" in the state.