Meghalaya | Rajya Sabha Polls: All MLAs of ruling MDA are united, says CM Conrad Sangma
SHILLONG | June 04:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today said that the MLAs of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) stand united for the upcoming election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat, scheduled to be held on June 19.
Sangma said that all the MLAs will be rendering their support to the candidature of National People's Party (NPP) state president, Dr WR Kharlukhi.
"We had already discussed, time and again, on the concerns raised by the MLAs of all the political parties. All the MLAs of the ruling MDA coalition are united for the election of the lone Rajya Sabha seat," Sangma said while speaking to reporters here on Thursday.
Informing that the decision to project Dr Kharlukhi as a consensus candidate of the coalition was taken by all MDA partners, the chief minister said that the official candidate of the ruling coalition in the state will be speaking to all the partners once again. "I will also be speaking to all the MDA partners once again," he said.
Sangma also informed that the MDA will meet on June 17 to deliberate on the procedural process since there many first-time MLAs who are yet to vote in the MP Rajya Sabha election. "We would like to ensure that there are no mistakes from the MLAs while casting their votes," he said.
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It may be mentioned that the voting will be held on June 19 from 9 am to 4 pm. The counting of votes will be held on the same day at 5 pm.
Meanwhile, the opposition Congress has fielded former MLA of the party, Kennedy Khyriem for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the state.
The term of the of the current Rajya Sabha MP from Meghalaya, Wansuk Syiem had ended on April 12.
The new date was announced since the election for the RS polls had to be deferred due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, the election was supposed to be held in March this year. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had announced elections to fill 55 seats across 17 states in February and in March, the ECI said that 37 seats across 10 states were filled uncontested.