From Dhrubajyoti Chakravorty
SHILLONG, March 19: The ball is set rolling for the electoral process in Meghalaya, with the filing of nominations for Shillong Parliamentary seat by Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) candidate THS Booney on Tuesday. Accompanied by KHNAM chief Adelbert Nongrum and his supporters, Booney filed his papers at the District Commissioner’s office.
Talking to newsmen, Booney, who is a retired IFS officer, said that boundary dispute with Assam, improving the education scenario and improving living condition of rural populace are few of the agendas that he would like to work on. He also said that the battle for the Shillong seat is difficult but it all depends on the voters and their choice. He was hopeful that people have already seen the work of the national parties and they might have a chance.
The party chief Adelbert Nongrum exuded confidence in his party’s victory. Shillong is all set to witness a multi-cornered contest with incumbent Congress MP and former Union minister Vincent H Pala, ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance’s Jemoni Mawthoh and a former professional kickboxing champion Samuel Hashah announcing their candidature.
Shillong all set to witness multi-cornered contest
Congress MP Vincent Pala, MDA common candidate Jemino Mawthoh, Independent candidate and KHNAM candidate THS Booney are in the fray for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat. Sitting Congress Pala has expressed confidence in retaining seat. “People will vote me not as Pala, the individual, they have a trust in Congress and they will vote for Congress,” he said.
“I have not been involved in any sort of corruption or scandal,” Pala said adding he had gone to village to reach out people.
Other parliamentary constituency of Meghalaya is Tura which is set to witness a battle royal between NPP-nominated former Union Minister and daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purna A Sangma, Agatha Sangma and former chief minister and Congress nominee Dr Mukul Sangma. The elections will be held in a single phase on April 11 in both the constituencies. The last date to file nominations is March 25.