Political parties in M’laya welcome LS polls

Correspondent Shillong, Mar 10 | Publish Date: 3/10/2019 12:02:00 PM IST

Political parties in Meghalaya on Sunday welcomed a single-phase election to the two Lok Sabha seats – Shillong and Tura – on April 11, and said they expect a free and fair poll process.

The ruling National People’s Party (NPP), which is leading the six-party Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition government, is expected to field a candidate in Tura parliamentary seat.
“We welcome the announcement of elections. As a party, we will work towards putting up as many as candidates as possible. The party will announce the name of candidates shortly,” Chief Minister and NPP national president, Conrad Sangma said.
Conrad, who is the youngest son of former Lok Sabha Speaker late Purno Agitok Sangma, had represented Tura Lok Sabha seat for more than two years, before he took oath as the 12th Chief Minister of Meghalaya on March 6, 2018.
Since 1977 and until his demise on March 4 this year, with the exception of 1989 and 2009, late Purno Sangma had represented Tura in the Lok Sabha for nine terms.
However, it is still unclear if the NPP will field a candidate of its own or support common candidate which will be sponsored by the MDA coalition.
Interestingly, the BJP which is part of the ruling coalition has decided to field its candidates in both the seats.
The United Democratic Party, which is a key partner of the MDA is in favour of a fielding a common candidate against Congress nominee. It has projected its former legislator Jemino Mawthoh as the common candidate of the MDA.
The opposition Congress is confident that to retain Shillong parliamentary seat, which is represented by its two-time Lok Sabha member and former Union Minister, Vincent H Pala besides snatching away the Tura parliamentary seat from the NPP.
“We confident to win both the seats as the people of Meghalaya do not support the “divisive politics” and “false promises” of the BJP. Therefore, we are hopeful that the people of India will voted out the BJP and bring back the Congress to power,” Congress leader, Ronnie V Lyngdoh said.
However, BJP President Shibun Lyngdoh are hopeful that the party will spring up surprises in the Lok Sabha election as the BJP-led NDA have ensured all round development during the past five years.
“The BJP have decided to field candidates in Shillong and Tura since there is a demand from the people to contest the elections,” Lyngdoh said.

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