Shillong: Purno Agitok Sangma's new found political avataar as the head of the National People's Party has had a shaky start at the Meghalaya polls. With only two seats in his kitty, this is an unimaginable result for the state's grand old politician. Adding insult to injury was Opposition leader and his son Conrad's shock defeat in the West Garo Hills by more than 2,000 votes, a huge margin in a small constituency. When CNN-IBN had met him before the elections, Conrad had sounded very confident.
"If you look at the specifics of the constituencies, our numbers have remained the same, despite the fact that we have been in the Opposition for the past ten years now almost. So hoping we would be able to improve on this particular term," Conrad had said.
Some would attribute Purno Sangma's single-minded almost obstinate craving for the Rashtrapati Bhawan as the cause of his fall. After losing out to Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential race, Sangma parted ways with the NCP. His new party, the NPP, just didn't strike a chord with the people in Garo Hills.
"Now in Meghalya, people have been linked and people know the leadership of PA Sangma, they do not know Sharad Powar when it comes to NCP. So, therefore, even in NCP it was Mr PA Sangma, or it's NPP minister Mr PA Sangma," Conrad had said earlier.
Everything was not to be. Underdeveloped and insurgency-struck Garo Hills, which is supposed to be Sangma's domain, 13 of 24 seats went to the Congress. The only consolation was his son James' victory. He remains the sole MLA from the once first political family of Meghalaya.