TURA, March 23: The National People’s Party (NPP) election bandwagon moved to plain belt of Garo Hills to the towns of Rajabala and Chibinang. The campaign of Purno A Sangma got another boost with Saleng Sangma, independent legislator from Gambegre, also promising his support along with former Minister, Manirul Islam Sarkar. In front of a crowd of more than 2000 people who gathered to meet and listen to the former MP and Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno promised to bring an end to militancy as well as the controversial revision of the GHADC, which would disallow non-tribals from voting and contesting in the MDC elections.
SHILLONG, March 23: While the Umroi airport struggles in rough weather and the Baljek airport in Garo Hills may sees decades pass before seeing the light of the day, a good news for the residents of Jaintia Hills has come through. While Jaintia Hills is not getting its own airport any time soon, but its neighbor Silchar will be soon be operating Indigo Airlines Delhi - Silchar flights from Silchar that will also connect Kolkata and Guwahati.
This was assured by CEO of Indigo Airlines, Aditya Ghosh, to Subimal Bhattacharjee, a cyber security expert and member of the Governing Board of Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati, in their recent meeting.
TURA, March 22: A day after the two contestants for the Tura seat completed their nominations, campaigning began on a war footing for both candidates. While the team of National People’s Party (NPP) tried to cover as much as possible with Agatha Sangma paying a visit to Ampati along with her father PA Sangma, Daryl and group visited the East Garo Hills (EGH) region and visited Rongjeng and adjoining places.
As if to show intent, the NPP began their campaign from the town of Ampati, the bastion of Chief Minister (CM) Dr Mukul Sangma. Addressing the crowd at the weekly market, Agatha - the sitting MP from Tura Parliamentary seat – said, “It is important for Garo Hills to re-elect Purno Sangma as an MP to resolve the ongoing situation”.
SHILLONG, March 21: Besides sitting Congress Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent H Pala, Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit, BJP nominee Shibun Lyngdoh and CPI candidate Richard Shabong filed their nomination papers to the Returning Officer Sanjay Goyal on Friday for the April 9 elections for Shillong Lok Sabha seat.
UDP candidate Paul Lyngdoh was the first one to file his nomination papers for the Shillong Parliamentary seat followed by Aam Admi Party (AAP) candidate Armerington Kharshiing on Thursday.
As on Friday, six aspirants have already filed the nominations papers.
SHILLONG, March 22: Meghalaya has a new rank holder for the richest candidate in poll fray. He is Denis Siangshai (49), an independent candidate, who will be contesting from Shillong Parliamentary Constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha (LS) election, scheduled for April 9 polling.
Sitting Congress MP from Shillong, Vincent H Pala, was the richest candidate till Friday with assets worth Rs 49.71 crore but on Saturday Siangshai emerged the richest with his total assets worth Rs 128.70 crore.
Interestingly, Both Siangshai and Pala are from East Jaintia hills district.
According to Siangshai’s affidavit, a resident of Mookhep village under Lad Rymbai, he has Rs 60 lakh cash in hand while his spouse Mela Kyndait has Rs 20 lakh cash in hand. He owns gold worth Rs 40,000 and 9 mm pistol worth Rs 2.10 lakh while his spouse has gold ornaments weighing 5 tolas worth Rs 2 lakh.
SHILLONG, March 22: Two Independents - 65 years old Ivoryna Shylla, a former president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Mahila Morcha and her former party colleague Denis Siangshai filed their nomination papers for the upcoming April 9-Lok Sabha election from Shillong Parliamentary seat on Saturday.
Saturday was the last day for filing of nominations.
Shylla, a resident of Laitumkhrah, is the lone lady candidate in the Lok Sabha poll from Meghalaya. Speaking to reporters, Shylla lamented on the unwillingness of other women leaders to come forward and contest the elections.
“It is due to this reason, I decided to join the electoral fray,” she claimed.
TURA, March 21: On expected lines, both the National People’s Party (NPP) and the Congress candidates filed their nomination papers for the Tura Lok Sabha seat to the Returning Officer, Pravin Bakshi on Friday. While Daryl W Ch Momin of the Congress was the first to file his nominations, veteran politician PA Sangma followed closely after their departure.
Daryl filed his nomination at about 12 pm in the afternoon and took the oath about half an hour later. Momin was accompanied by youth affairs minister, Zenith Sangma, parliamentary secretary, Noverfield Marak besides a large number of supporters, which included MLAs and MDCs.