Star power to attract voters

Shillong, Feb. 13: The ruling Congress is apparently banking on its star campaigners to sway voters in its favour with eight days left before campaigning for the February 23 Meghalaya Assembly polls comes to a halt.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address a public meeting at Polo ground here on Friday while Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will follow suit.

Apart from the big three, there will also be other Congress leaders who will be arriving in the state to campaign for the party candidates.

"The campaigns by our party leaders and star campaigners have been arranged in such a way that the entire state will be covered," AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Mukul Wasnik, said.

Wasnik, who has been camping in the state for the last couple of days, said the response from the voters in support of the Congress has been positive, and exuded confidence that the party would attain a clear majority in the Assembly.

On why several star campaigners have been roped in, he said, "Meghalaya is an extremely important area of our nation, and it is also very important to us as a political party. This election is one of the most important elections."

Asked on who would be the next chief minister ' D.D. Lapang, Mukul Sangma or Vincent H. Pala ' in the event of the Congress forming the government, he said the decision would be taken after the elections were over.

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