Meghalaya all set to witness a battle of political dynasties!
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Feb 20, 2018:
Dynastic politics might not be a new trend in Meghalaya but with the polls just round the corner, it is, however, interesting to find out how the battle of political dynasties will turn out to be in Meghalaya — will be tides be in favour of Mukul Sangma's or Conrad Sangma's family… Come March 2018, we will all know which family will come to power and which will sit in the opposition.
In Meghalaya politics, dynasties are not built in a day. Veteran politicians often paves the way for their kins to join the same profession and thus dynastic politics take shape.
There are as many as 7 families who are in the fray for the ensuing assembly polls in the state and the political parties that takes the lion's share are of course the Congress and National People's Party (NPP).
Here is a complete list of political dynasties:
First in the list is the Sangma's families — both Mukul and Conrad Sangmas'.
— Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma is of course contesting from two constituencies — Ampati (his home turf and Songsak). His wife, Dikkanchi D Shira, who is the sitting MLA of Mahendraganj is also contesting the ensuing polls from the same constituency.
His brother, Zenith Sangma, the sports minister is contesting the polls from Rangsakona constituency while his wife, Saddhiarani M Sangma, a first timer is contesting from Gambegre constituency.
All of Mukul's family members including are contesting from INC ticket.
— The other Sangma family has fielded three members to battle it out in the upcoming polls. These include former MP Agatha Sangma, who is contesting from South Tura, sitting MLA James Sangma is contesting from Dadenggre constituency while Conrad Sangma's brother in law, Sanjay A Sangma is contesting against Mukul's wife, Dikkanchi from Mahendraganj.
All of Conrad Sangma's family members excluding him are contesting from NPP ticket.
— Then comes the wealthy Dhar brothers — The richest candidate in the fray, Ngaitlang Dhar, a former congress legislator, is an NPP candidate from Umroi constituency while his brother, Snaiwbhalang Dhar, a former minister is contesting non NPP ticket from Nartiang constituency while Ngaitlang's son, Dasakhiatbha Lamare, who is also the second richest candidate in the fray, is contesting from Mawhati constituency. Meanwhile, their brother-in-law, Wailadmiki Shylla is also contesting the ensuing polls on NPP ticket from Jowai constituency.
— Then we have sitting MDC Teilinia Thangkhiew and her father Pynshai Manik Syiem. Thangkhiew is contesting on HSPDP ticket from Myllien constituency while her father is contesting on the same ticket from Mawphlang.
— Next, we have Grace Mary Kharpuri and husband Donkupar Massar. Kharpuri is contesting the ensuing polls on PDF ticket from Pynursla constituency while her husband is contesting on the same ticket from Ranikor constituency.
— We also have Rowell Lyngdoh and his son-in-law Sounder Cajee. While former minister Rowell Lyngdoh is contesting on NPP ticket from Mawkyrwat constituency, Cajee, who is also the brother of former minister, Late Founder S Cajee, is contesting on NPP ticket from South Shillong.
— Last but not the least, we have Sanbor Shullai and his nephew Ricky Shullai. Former NCP chief Sanbor Shullai, who recently joined the BJP, is contesting from South Shillong while his nephew, a sitting MDC is contesting as an independent candidate from Mylliem constituency.
So much so for dynastic politics in Meghalaya and though this culture is not restricted only in Meghalaya, however, concerns are raised on power being concentrated on a single family or clan in a democratic country like India.