SHILLONG, July 11: The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) is brimming with confidence in the run up to the upcoming by elections to be held for the Ranikor and South Tura assembly seats.
“We are always confident of getting the seat back in South Tura and we will win the Ranikor seat too,” NPP leader and deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said here on Wednesday.
NPP national president and Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma is set to contest from South Tura after his sister Agatha K Sangma resigned as a member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly recently. Conrad needs to get elected if he is to continue as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
The NPP national president, who is also Tura MP, was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state on March 6.
Earlier, Conrad had also appealed to coalition partners of the MDA to extend their support in the upcoming South Tura by-poll.
On the other hand, the NPP is also fielding former senior Congress leader Martin M Danggo for the Ranikor seat.
Danggo, who is a five-time legislator of Ranikor, decided to resign as a member of the Assembly after the state government decided to upgrade Ranikor Administrative Unit into a full fledged civil sub-division, A decision which came to fruition on Tuesday.
However the former Ranikor MLA is yet to join the NPP and in this regard, Tynsong informed that the party would soon formally welcome the leader into its fold.
Tynsong said that though all political parties are expected to fight very effectively, the NPP is also fully prepared and is ready to face the two bye-elections.
“We are ever ready anytime that the Election Commission of India announces the dates for the two seats,” he said.
However, he categorically denied that the by elections will have any political strain on the MDA while pointing out that any political party is free to contest elections. Tynsong also made it clear that the only agreement between the coalition partners was to ensure that the MDA will perform and last till the end of the term.