Danggo to contest on NPP ticket in Ranikor by poll

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SHILLONG, June 23: Former Congress MLA Martin M Danggo, who has resigned from legislatorship, is all set to seek re-election on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket in the upcoming by-election to the Ranikor constituency.

In a new twist, senior Congress MLA from Ranikor constituency, Martin M Danggo has resigned as member of the Assembly late on Thursday night.

Danggo submitted his resignation before the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Timothy D Shira in absence of the Speaker Donkupar Roy.

“He (Danggo) is now automatically an NPP leader after he has resigned as an MLA and from the Congress party. He would again re-contest on an NPP ticket in the upcoming bye-election for Ranikor seat,” Danggo’s frontman Kitboklang Nongrem told reporters here on Friday.

Nongrem, who was a former president of South West Khasi Hills District Congress Committee (DCC), also expressed confidence that the former MLA will no doubt be able to retain the Ranikor seat.

“We are very sure that he will win because we are already prepared to face the bye-election and ensure he comes back,” he said. Danggo decided to quit as a member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly after the chief minister Conrad K Sangma assured that the MDA government would upgrade the Ranikor administrative unit into a full-fledged Civil Sub-division, which has been long pending.

Moreover, he said the former MLA had won five consecutive times from Ranikor constituency without the support of the Congress leadership. “Danggo had joined the Congress in 2003 and since then he had fought elections on his own as nobody came to campaign for him and yet he won,” he added.

Nongkrem further claimed that more and more people, who earlier had not supported Danggo, have come forward to lend their support to the former MLA for his bold decision adding there are no more Congress supporters in Ranikor as all have switched to the NPP.

Asked, he said that the former legislator’s decision to resign came after he was given seven days time by his supporters. “His resignation was based on our request after the assurance made by the chief minister,” he said.

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