SHILLONG, Nov 08: The question of Deputy Chief Minister, Professor RC Laloo contesting the upcoming 2018 state elections has been raised once again owing to the fact that he has said that he is yet to get the approval of the people of his constituency with regards to his earlier decision not to contest the said polls.
“I have decided (not to contest) but my decision has to be conveyed to the people to get their approval, after all I am a politician,” Laloo, who is currently the sitting legislator of Jowai constituency in West Jaintia Hills District said here on Wednesday.
Laloo also refused to say in clear terms whether his decision not to contest the elections is a final one.
Stating that there is a certain retirement period for people engaged in other professions, Laloo said that this is not the case in politics.”They say that politicians never retire, they just fade away,” Laloo said.
Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had recently stated that the matter was already discussed in the party.
Stating that there is no need to be in a hurry, Laloo said, “You see, I am a public man, I am elected by the people and I have to take my people confidence on whatever decision I make.”
On the Congress’ list of candidates, Laloo said that the process is on at the level of the district Congress Committees (DCCs).
According to him, once this is completed, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee will sit and forwarded the names of the candidates to the party high command for its approval.