SHILLONG, May 09: Ampati constituency which will be seeing a by election in the later part of May, will be the jewel in the National People’s Party (NPP) crown according to the party’s state president, Dr Wanwei R Kharlukhi.
“We have got the crown and Ampati is the jewel in the crown,” Kharlukhi had said here on Wednesday.
The by election in the constituency was necessitated after former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma had vacated the seat and chosen to represent Songsak constituency from which he also won in the Assembly elections held in February.
On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Yumnam Joykumar Singh urged the party in Meghalaya to work hard and ensure the party’s victory from Ampati, which is a stronghold of the Congress.
NPP state working president Semford B Sangma also expressed confidence that the party under the dynamic leadership of its national president, Conrad K Sangma will emerge as the strongest political party in Meghalaya.
The NPP has fielded Clement G Momin as its candidate for the upcoming bye election in Ampati which is scheduled to be held on May 28.
Clement will take on Opposition Leader, Dr. Mukul Sangma’s daughter Miani D Shira, who is the Congress candidate for the bye-election to the Ampati seat.
It may be mentioned here that Clement had unsuccessfully contested against Dr. Sangma twice.
In the 2008 elections, he lost on an NCP ticket to Dr. Sangma by a margin of 2,966 votes. However, in the 2013 elections, Dr. Sangma’s victory margin soared to a staggering 9,036 votes.
28,673 registered voters will cast their votes in 39 polling stations in these upcoming by elections for which the last date of filing of nominations will be May 10 and the next day will be the scrutiny of nomination papers.
The last date of withdrawal of nominations will be on May 14 and the bye-elections will be held on May 28. The results will be declared on May 31.