SHILLONG, Jan 08: Hoping to venture into Northeast Politics and to form Government in Meghalaya, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced four candidates in its first list for the upcoming Assembly elections likely to be held next month.
“Last meeting NE observer Rakesh Sinha, visited and national convener permitted us to contest and therefore, day before yesterday (Saturday) we got mail from Arvind Khejrewal and now we have decided to contest,” Wanshwa Nongtdu, AAP Meghalaya state president said adding, “Today (Monday) we are declaring our first list and soon we will declare second list as well.”
The candidates are Peter Aiborlang Dohkrud from Mawlai, the biggest constituency in Meghalaya, Dorass Ramsiej from Mawkyrwat constituency, Wonder Lapang from Umsning constituency and Debrict Binone from Nongpoh constituency.
AAP is also expecting to contest in 35 seats to make impact in the Meghalaya politics as the party believes Congress is almost finished, BJP will not have any impact and NPP although will get few seats but will not be enough to form government as they are basically from Garo Hills.
“We are hoping to field 35 candidates for the next election as we have good chance of winning, Congress almost finish, BJP do not much supporters we have good chance. Although NPP will get few seats but NPP in Garo,” he said.
“We are expecting to form Government but we have not decided on pre or post poll alliance,” Nongtdu added.
Asked if any big leader will be joining the party, he said, “We are Aam aadmi and we will have common man as candidates, we have few retired Officers, few intellectuals who want to contest but if any big names want to join we are Aam Aadmi party and we welcome them if they want to join but we prefer our candidates to be common people”.