Among the prominent faces who have filed their nominations on Tuesday include Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma who filed his nomination from Ampati, opposition leader, Dr Donkupar Roy (Shella-UDP), former Chief Minister, Salseng Marak (INC-Resubelpara), former Lok Sabha MP, Agatha Sangma (NPP-South Tura), former Rajya Sabha MP, Thomas A Sangma (NPP-North Tura) and GHADC CEM, Boston Marak (Salmanpara-GNC).
Here’s what Meghalaya candidates have to say before elections:
Charles Pyngrope: The former Assembly Speaker and Congress candidate from Nongthymmai, Charles Pyngrope said that the Congress will try to fulfil all the promises if manages to come back to power. He also expressed his happiness that this time round that he and his son David Nongrum are contesting from the same party. The former Assembly Speaker said that the Congress is expect to win from at least 32 constituencies this time round.
Martle Mukhim: Veteran regional leader Martle Mukhim expressed concern over the trend of businessmen and contractors contesting elections in Meghalaya. Mukhim who is contesting the upcoming polls from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) from Mawkynrew constituency said that unlike in the past, candidates contesting elections in the present generation uses money power. “What is happening now is that all the contract works is being usurped by a few in power,” he alleged. Mukhim who came to the Deputy Commissioner’s office for filing his nomination papers also said that he is currently fighting money power in his constituency.
Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit: The HSPDP chief who also filed his nomination on Monday when asked if he was confident that he will win the polls said that it was upto the electorates of Nongkrem to decide his fate. “It is up to the people of Nongkrem to decide who will represent them,” Basaiawmoit said. The HSPDP chief who is seeking his third term said that he was given the right to represent them by the electorates of the constituency.
Ampareen Lyngdoh: Sitting legislator from East Shillong and Congress leader, who during the last few years, was caught in web of controversies and scams, has expressed confidence of winning the upcoming polls stating that people still has faith in her.
Kyrmen Shylla: The 29-yr old new-comer who is contesting from UDP ticket in Khliehriat is hopeful of beating former legislator and BJP candidate Justine Dkhar and create an impact in Jaintia Hills, if he wins the election.
When asked about his priorities, Shylla referred to the NGT ban as the biggest problem faced by the people of this region adding that if he gets an opportunity, he will look out for ways and means to lift the ban. He also stated that the people of his constituency have for many years, yearn for a government college, the same of which will be in his ‘to-do-list’ if he wins. He also included promotion of tourism and road connectivity in his priority list besides other issues. “I am hopeful that this time round, the major regional parties of the state will form the government and take our state to new heights,” he said determinedly.
Paul Lyngdoh: UDP candidate from West Shillong, Paul Lyngdoh has alleged that business sharks in the state are trying to capture power which is a dangerous trend for Meghalaya. He said that criminalization of politics, cash power and categorization of politics are three immediate dangers when business sharks try to capture political power as they would try to consolidate their own empire at the cost of people of the state.
AL Hek: BJP Candidate from Pynthorumkhrah, AL Hek has claimed that the party is to secure 10-15 seats in this election When asked if he is vying for the Chief Minister post, Hek said the matter will be decided by the party and they will accept the decision.
Ronnie V Lyngdoh: Congress Minister, Ronnie V Lyngdoh has expressed confident that the Congress will come back to power after the elections. He also said he has not misuse a single rupee from the MLA scheme adding that he has use the scheme for the overall development of the constituency.