The fight over who should be the chief ministerial candidate has begun within the National People’s Party.
Though the NPP has maintained that it would elect its chief ministerial candidate after the Assembly polls, its supporters in some constituencies have started projecting their own chief ministerial contender even before going to the polls.
The NPP, which is fielding 51 candidates in the 60 seats, has voiced confidence in forming the next government.
NPP president Conrad K. Sangma had earlier maintained that a formula for the party to elect a chief ministerial candidate has already been adopted.
The NPP will elect its MLA for the post of chief minister either from the Garo hills or Khasi-Jaiñtia hills depending on the number of MLAs who win the elections. If the NPP gets more MLAs from the Garo hills (which has 24 seats), the chief minister would be elected from among the MLAs of that region.
Similarly, if the party has more MLAs from Khasi-Jaiñtia hills (which has 36 seats), the NPP would elect the chief minister from there.
In Pynursla constituency, the supporters of former Congress MLA Prestone Tynsong, who joined the NPP recently, have started projecting him as the NPP’s chief ministerial candidate.
At an election rally on Saturday at Wahlyngkhat village in Pynursla, about 49km from here, speakers at the rally projected Tynsong as the chief ministerial candidate of the NPP while claiming that the NPP would form the next government after the elections.
Tynsong won on a Congress ticket for the first time in 2003 from the erstwhile Lyngkyrdem constituency and was a minister in the Congress-led government for over a decade. He left the Congress and joined the NPP along with six other legislators on January 4.
The Assembly polls in Meghalaya will be held on February 27 and counting of votes will take place on March 3.