Meghalaya polls: P A Sangma files nomination

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Shillong, Feb 14: Former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP's Chief Ministerial candidate Purno Agitok Sangma today filed his nomination for the March 3 assembly elections in Meghalaya from the prestigious Tura Assembly constituency.

Mr Sangma's eldest son James K Sangma and his younger son Conrad K Sangma also filed their nomination papers from Ronchugiri and Selsella constituencies respectively. The former Lok Sabha Speaker decided to return to state politics last year to revive his sagging career through Meghalaya which had been witnessing change of chief ministers for the past one decade.

''I am confident of winning the election and lead Meghalaya for a change,'' the tallest tribal political leader from the North East told the sources over phone. Mr Sangma, who never lost an election since entering electoral politics in 1970s, will have to fight Independent MLA Billykid Sangma and member of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council John Leslee Sangma.

Mr James, will be pitted against Congress MLA Beckstar K Sangma, who also happens to be his maternal uncle. Mr Beckstar, who won 2003 assembly polls on an NCP ticket, split from the party and joined Congress with five other NCP legislators.

Conrad, an IT expert, had already tasted bitterness in electoral politics two years ago when he lost to Congress MLA Clement Marak in the Selsella assembly by-poll.

''This time, I am confident of representing Selsella,'' Mr Conrad said.

Apart from the Sangmas, former Chief Minister Dr FA Khonglam, whom the NCP leader had chosen to lead the People's Forum of Meghalaya on December 7, 2001, also filed his nomination from Sohra as a Hill State People's Democratic Party candidate.

Dr Khonglam, who was denied an NCP ticket in the last assembly election, decided to contest on HSPDP ticket.

Assembly Speaker Martin M Danggo of the Congress also filed his nomination papers from Langrin constituency. He will be pitted against the United Democratic Party candidate Khranglin Lyngkhoi.

Sacked Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council Chief Executive Member, Hispreaching Son Shylla filed his papers from Nongkrem as an Independent. The Congress had denied him ticket in favour Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah's son Waibha K Kyndiah.

UNI

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