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Tura: The pride of PA Sangma
HindustanTimes.com, PTI
February 20, 2003
First Published: 13:12 IST(15/2/2003)
Last Updated: 13:58 IST(20/2/2003)

For the former Lok Sabha Speaker who has won six-times from the Tura Lok Sabha constituency, it a battle for prestige this time.

Voters are taking their time to deicide as to whether to stamp on the hand or the watch symbol,on

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin in their campaign. Speaker who has won six-times from the Tura Lok Sabha constituency, it a battle for prestige this time.
Addressing the gathering in this Western part of Meghalaya, dominated by
Christian community,|

The Congress has launched a frontal attack on Sangma's various commissions and ommissions during the past 20 years while representing the seat. The party has been trying to counter Sangma's hate-Sonia campaign by reminding the area's overwhelming Christian population of the contributions of the foreign missionaries, particularly those from Italy.

The Congress has not left any stone unturned to point out Sangma's own "Italian connection" and how an Italian Catholic priest helped him rise from an unlettered shepherd to the glittering height of Lok Sabha Speaker.

Purno A Sangma of Nationalist Congress Party had made it his seventh consecutive win from this constituency defeating his nearest Congress rival Atul C Marak by a margin of 1,13,579 votes while sitting Sangma polled 1,82,883 votes, much lower than his previous tally of 2,19,720 votes in 1998. Kyndiah also polled 1,45,020, marking a substantial decrease in his previous tally of 1,79,863.


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