Shillong: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) is still keen to field former Chief Minister and present leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma as the candidate for the Tura parliamentary seat and to continue with the two times MP from Shillong parliamentary seat Vincent Pala in the upcoming national polls.
Ahead of the steering committee meeting scheduled on Wednesday, president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Celestine Lyngdoh, Mukul Sangma along with Vincent Pala are in New Delhi to be part of the Congress high command constituted committee to finalize the names of the names for the two seats.
“Mukul Sangma has not shown interest to contest the elections but the AICC leadership has put pressure on him to contest from the Tura seat”, stated a source within the AICC.
The Tura seat is and always have been a bastion of the late Purno A Sangma. Briefly, his offspring Agatha K Sangma was elected when the former Lok Sabha Speaker decided to come back to State politics. His bastion was taken over by his third son Conrad K Sangma soon after his death.
On the Shillong seat, there are three contenders. They are sitting MP, Vincent H Pala, former Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh and Kennedy Khriem. However, the source said there choice is obvious. That is to have the sitting MP carry on because the AICC doesn’t wanted to fiddle with anything.
Last week, Vincent Pala told The Sentinel that he is a consensus candidate and not a common candate.
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