By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, Jan 31, 2018:
A total number of four candidates including Congress candidate from East Shillong, Ampareen Lyngdoh filed their nominations on the first day of the filing of nominations here on Wednesday.
Besides Ampareen, the other who filed their nominations for the 27 February Assembly polls in the State are Ricky Shullai (independent) from Mylliem constituency, Mattsing Nongrum (independent) from Sohra constituency and L Nongshiang (independent) from Mawshynrut constituency.
Speaking to reporters after the filing of the nominations, Ampareen Lyngdoh expressed confident of winning the East Shillong constituency for the consecutive fourth time.
“I am not bothered who is my strongest opponent. But I will try win this election by a bigger margin,” Ampareen said.
While stating that parties come and go, she said that the Congress is here to stay.
When asked about the anti-incumbency factor, the Congress candidate feels that the anti-incumbency will always come to play for any sitting legislator especially when somebody is seeking the people’s mandate for the fourth time.
“In my case, if there is any kind of anti-incumbency factor it will account for only one percent. I am confident that I have managed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of my constituency in the past five years,” the sitting Congress legislator said.
Ampareen has appealed the people to come out and vote to negate the low polling turn out.
Meanwhile, Ricky Shullai said that it is impossible for him to walk in the footsteps of his uncle and former sitting legislator of South Shillong, Sanbor Shullai.
When asked why he has not opted to contest from the same party (BJP) which his uncle is contesting, he said that his supporters do not want to contest from the saffron party.