Shillong: Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president DD Lapang Monday expressed confidence that the Congress under the leadership of chief minister Mukul Sangma would win the state assembly elections slated for early next year.
"We are definite we will cross 30 (majority mark in 60-member Meghalaya Assembly) this time to get a full majority in the House to form the government," Lapang, a former chief minister who assumed office as the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee President today, told reporters.
Lapang replaced veteran legislator Friday Lyngdoh due to his ill health and in view of the ensuing assembly elections early next year. Friday was made party president in 2008.
Lapang, the five times chief minister claimed, track records of the party have had an increasing number of representatives elected to the assembly as the years passed.
"There was a marked success in its success graph," Lapang said.
In 2008, the party won 25 seats, a jump from 16 seats in the 2003 elections.
Congress won the two by-elections at Laitumkhrah and Umroi constituencies to increase its tally to 27 and the lone BJP legislator A L Hek merged with the Congress and is the Water resources Minister in the Congress-led coalition government.
Lapang who had been chief minister of the state for a record number of five times, expressed confidence that the party will "break the record" in the next year assembly election in the state even in the three Garo hills district, popularly believed to be the NCP strongholds.