Kyndiah to seek re-election from Shillong

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Shillong, July 7 (UNI) As the prospect of an early parliamentary election in the country looks imminent, Union Tribal Affairs Minister P R Kyndiah today said he would seek re-election from Shillong Lok Sabha for the fourth time.

Former Congress Rajya Sabha member and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president O L Nongtdu have also decided to file his papers for the Lok Sabha seat.

''I have never made any announcement that I would retire from public service. I see no reason why I should retire and nobody can ask me to retire,'' Mr Kyndiah told reporters here.

In the 2004 Lok Sabha election, Mr Kyndiah during the public meetings had said, ''Please elect me for the last time as I will not contest the next elections.'' Today, however, Mr Kyndiah did a volte-face and said: ''I intent to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha election provided I get a ticket from the AICC.'' He said that nobody retires from politics. '' I will decide when to take rest from politics.'' Mr Nongtdu, who is confident of getting the party ticket, said, ''I have a bright chance of getting the ticket.'' His confidence of being allotted the party ticket stems from the fact that the present Shillong Lok Sabha MP had said he would retire from politics in the last Lok Sabha polls.

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