SHILLONG: The prospects of the Congress in the upcoming Mawryngkneng bye-election looks very bleak after the decision of Pyngrope's family that none of the family members would contest the bye-election, said the president of Meghalaya unit of National People's Party (NPP), W.R. Kharlukhi. He added, "It would have been different if someone from the family would have contested. It would not have been an easy election for us."
He, however pointed out, "Congress legislator Charles Pyngrope has proved that he has a firm hold on Mawryngkneng since his family represented the constituency for the fourth consecutive term. "He (Charles) has proved his dominance in Mawryngkneng since he had ensured the victory of his son, (late) David Arnold Nongrum in two elections after he had decided to contest from Nongthymmai. Nobody can deny this," said Kharlukhi.
Meanwhile, the NPP State president informed that the party MDC from Sohryngkham and KHADC chairman Pyniaid Sing Syiem is likely to be the official candidate for the Mawryngkneng bye-election.
When asked about the statement made by the acting president of the People's Democratic Front (PDF), Banteidor Lyngdoh, of not being in favour of putting up a common candidate in the forthcoming bye-election. Kharlukhi stated that he agreed with the statement.
"I don't see there will be a common candidate for the MDA in the Mawryngkneng bye-election," added Kharlukhi.
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