TURA, May 31 - Victorious Congress candidate Miani D Shira today thanked her supporters while acknowledging the public support her party received in the just-concluded by-election. Miani, who defeated NPP�s Clement G Momin by a margin of 3,191 votes, hit out at the MDA alliance led by the NPP on the use of money and muscle power to beat the Congress.
The run-up to the polls had seen a large number of cases both for and against the Congress as well as allegations of violence, allegedly perpetrated by supporters of both parties.
�We have never seen an election like this before. This was different from any of the previous elections in the Garo Hills,� said Miani while addressing a crowd of supporters outside her house at Ampati.
�They could not take away the support of 14,259 voters who had full faith in the Congress party and me despite the use of money and muscle power,� she added amid cheers from her supporters. Miani is the eldest daughter of former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
She promised her supporters of ensuring development in her constituency. �We have had to fight very hard for this election and now we will work to develop every nook and corner of the constituency,� said Miani.