SHILLONG, Jan 31: Wansuk Syiem, Rajya Sabha MP and Congress nominee, was on Friday declared elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament making this the second consecutive stint for the only woman MP from Meghalaya to Rajya Sabha.
In the last term she had been elected during the by-election after the then sitting Rajya Sabha MP Thomas A Sangma had resigned early last year to contest the assembly elections as the NPP candidate but lost. Syiem had only ten months as the MP to the Upper House last year, but this time she gets the full term.
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly secretary H Mylliemngap, who is also the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha election, declared Syiem as elected to the Rajya Sabha. The Election Commission of India had declared January 31 as the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
Syiem was the only candidate to file the nomination papers for the lone Rajya Sabha seat as the opposition decided not to put up any candidate for lack of numbers.
An elated Syiem outlined health and education as her priorities. She told reporters after being declared elected, “I would do my best to serve the interest of the people of the state. From amongst the various sectors, health and education would be accorded top priority.”
Syiem also said that in the ten months when she served as the MP, she had done her best to contribute to Meghalaya’s development.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Dr DD Lapang and other senior party leaders received Syiem as she came out from the office of the Returning Officer after being declared elected.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Lapang said, "It’s a happy occasion with the announcement of the outcome of the Rajya Sabha elections that Syiem, nominee of the INC, has been declared unopposed and re-elected again.”
Lauding Syiem’s performance during her short stint as Rajya Sabha MP, he observed that her 'good record' has won the hearts of friends even from the Opposition side who did not find it necessary to fill - in candidate against her and rather expressed their blessing for her by contacting her before filing her nomination and said they would stand with her.
Stating that better days are ahead for the party, Dr Lapang said, “With this victory today we are looking forward for better days especially for the elections to both - the district council level as well as Lok Sabha.”
The fifty-seven year-old former member of the National Commission for Women had studied till matriculation, before officially joining the Congress party in Meghalaya. During her innings with her party she has held many important party positions.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, who is in Garo hills, sent her a congratulatory message on being elected to the Upper House for the second time.