P A Sangma and his sons win Assembly polls in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Mar 7 (UNI) Meghalaya today created history in Indian politics with former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma and his two politically novice sons winning the Assembly elections.

Mr Sangma defeated his nearest rival Billy Kid Sangma (Independent) by 2,825 votes from Tura seat.

During 1989-90, Mr Sangma had won the Tura Assembly seat to become the Chief Minister, but his government was toppled within a year.

Mr James, who was pitted against Congress MLA Beckstar K Sangma, who also happens to be his maternal uncle, won the Rongchugiri seat by 1,438 votes, while his brother, who had lost the electoral battle three years back, won the Selsella seat this time by 1,124 votes.

During the election campaign, UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi had criticised Mr P A Sangma for fielding his family members from the NCP, accusing him of running the party as his ''fiefdom''.

Tony Curtis Lyngdoh (Congress) lost his Malki-Nongthymmai seat to veteran UDP leader Bindo M Lanong while his younger brother Rain A Lyngdoh (UDP) again failed to make a comeback from Sohiong constituency for the second time.

Among the women legislators, Health and Family Welfare Minister Debora C Marak and Congress Legislator Irin Lyngdoh failed to retain their Rongrenggiri and Pariong seats.

Only one woman candidate - Ampareen Lyngdoh of the United Democratic Party (UDP) - managed to win among the total 19 women candidates who contested the elections.


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