SHILLONG, Aug 09: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma’s prospects in the upcoming by elections to the South Tura seat in the State Assembly has gotten a major boost as the coalition partners of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) have unanimously decided to extend full support to him in the said polls.
“We want the chief minister to win the South-Tura seat,” PDF leader and Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling said after a MDA meeting that was held here on Thursday.
Conrad, also the National People’s Party (NPP) national president and Tura MP, will contest the seat following the resignation of his sister Agatha K Sangma as MLA of South-Tura on July 2.
The meeting was attended by leaders of the six political parties which include NPP, United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), People Democratic Front (PDF), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
However, the MDA partners have maintained that they would battle against each other in the Ranikor by election.
“In Ranikor constituency, we will be all out supporting our candidate Pynshngain N Syiem,” Dohling said.
Along similar lines, UDP leader and Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh said, “We too we will be supporting our own candidate Pius Marwein.”
The candidates of the UDP and PDF would be contesting against the former five time legislator of Ranikor Martin M Danggo who is seeking re-election to retain the seat from the National People’s Party (NPP).
“This is what we called real democracy,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong quipped after these statements.
He maintained that the coalition partners have decided to support Conrad because he is the Chief Minister. “Every one of us would like to see the MDA last till end of the term,” he added.