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Pala retains Shillong seat, Purno makes it 10 from Tura

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Purno leaves Cabinet berth decision to Modi, to spearhead Garoland demand
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SHILLONG, May 16: Even as a jubilant NPP president Purno Agitok Sangma, who clinched the Tura parliamentary seat, said he prefers to go back to Parliament and raise the problems of Meghalaya and Garo hills instead of hankering for Cabinet berth, Congress MP Vincent Pala who retained his Shillong seat attributed his victory to the collective efforts of party leaders, workers and the electorates.
Pala, however, said that the debacle of the Congress at the national level is a lesson for the party to remain united.
Pala retained the Shillong seat defeating his nearest rival Independent candidate PBM Basaiawmoit by a margin of 40,379 votes. Pala polled 2,09,340 votes followed by PBM Basaiawmoit with 1,68,961 votes, UDP candidate Paul Lyngdoh managed 1,06,817 votes and BJP candidate Shibun Lyngdoh garnered 95,979 votes.

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30,145 voters exercise NOTA option

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SHILLONG, May 16: On its Parliamentary election debut, the None of the Above (NOTA) option provided by Election Commission of India (ECI) did quite well in Meghalaya as it notched up 30,145 votes in the state.
As many as 2.8 per cent of the 10,80,845 voters pressed the NOTA button in the two parliamentary seats – Tura and Shillong Lok Sabha seats-in Meghalaya.
For the Tura parliamentary seat as many as 19,185 persons pushed the NOTA button and 10,960 voters for Shillong seat preferred to choose this option rather than vote for any of the eight candidates.


 

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Assam CM Gogoi accepts Congress defeat, to resign

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Guwahati, May 16 (IANS): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday said he would tender his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, saying he takes "full responsibility" for the party's electoral defeat in the state.
With BJP winning seven out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, Gogoi told a private TV channel in Guwahati: "I take full responsibility. We are going to accept the people's mandate with all humility. I am going to tender my resignation to the Congress president."

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Tensions run high, KSU ready to confront ANVC-B if required

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‘Garos are guests in Khasi Land’
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SHILLONG, May 15: Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) on Thursday said the Breakaway faction of the Garo rebel outfit A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC-B) should respect the decision of the people, and, if need be, it will confront the outfit. 
“We urge the outfit to respect the decision of the people of the region,” KSU president Daniel Khyriem told reporters after Central Executive Committee of the Union here.

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Daryl graceful in defeat, says doesn't need wining to work for Garo Hills

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Tura, May 16: The losing Congress candidate for the Tura Lok Sabha seat, Daryl Momin, accepted defeat to the NPP veteran P A Sangma while also congratulating him on his win. Pitted against the greatest odds in his short career, Momin called the process one of learning and hoped that the veteran would live up to his poll promises and meet the aspirations of the people of Garo Hills. He was defeated by 39,716 votes and ran the veteran very close in the fight.
"It is a mandate by the people and we accept it. We gave it our best shot and fell short, though we really ran him close", said Momin in an interview.

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KSU demands ILP, says ‘comprehensive mechanism’ should not be misinterpreted

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SHILLONG, May 15: Arguing that the proposal of comprehensive mechanism submitted by the Khasi Student’s Union (KSU) to the state government should not be misunderstood as modified Inner Line Permit (ILP), the KSU iterate its commitment to continue its demand for implementation of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act, 1873.
KSU president Daniel Khyriem told reporters after the union’s central executive meeting on Thursday that they had submitted the comprehensive proposal for combating influx into the state as the union understands that the Dr Mukul Sangma led MUA II government is not going to last forever.

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Govt formally announces banning Rat - Hole mining in State

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SHILLONG, May 15: Meghalaya Government on Thursday formally announced the blanket ban on rat – hole mining and transportation of coal in the entire state.
The ban was declared by Y Tsering, Principal Secretary to Government of Meghalaya, Mining and geology Department. 
In a press statement, Tsering recalled the chronology of the events that led to National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposing the ban.

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