From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, March 09:
Election is Meghalaya is far from over. While polling in one constituency is yet to be held, by-polling in another will determine the strength of a political party.
The towns of Williamnagar and Ampati now await with bated breath for the date of the elections with electorates hoping that the Election Commission would announce the date of the polls soon to ensure their representative can make a mark in the government this time.
The two seats of Ampati and Williamnagar are likely to go to polls albeit for entirely different reasons, announcement for which is being waited upon and watched.
The resignation of the Ampati seat by former CM Dr Mukul Sangma, who now holds only one seat –Songsak, reduces the strength of the Congress to 20, with the NPP close behind at 19.
Dr Sangma’s daughter, Miani D Shira, will be making her first foray into politics from Ampati and will be hoping for a favourable outcome in what is considered a Congress bastion.
For Williamnagar, the fate of nine candidates hangs in the balance after election to the seat was postponed following the murder of five persons, including Jonathone Sangma, the candidate of NCP and one of the top contenders for the seat. Sangma’s widow, Krenila R Marak will be contesting the seat in his stead and will be hoping to make a mark in the coming election.
Sangma was killed in an IED blast along with four more people allegedly at the behest of the GNLA chief, Sohan D Shira. The killing led to widespread contempt for the outfit as well as ensured a deferment of polls for Williamnagar.
“We are all eager to join the state in electing our candidate and hope the dates are announced soon. The competition is going to be tough for all those in the fray and we hope the best person wins fair and square,” said one CN Marak, a resident of Williamnagar.
The DC, Ram Kumar stated that a call is still being taken on the date of election and they are awaiting information from the ECI.
According to sources, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is looking at ground reality before the announcement of date for the election and will hold both seats (Williamnagar and Ampati) on the same day.
Local police sources stated that the ground situation was good, especially after the encounter killing of the GNLA chief, Sohan D Shira.
The Ampati seat was won in a canter by Mukul Sangma though this time, the competition is expected to get tougher mainly because it is a NPP led coalition at the state as well as the growth of the BJP in Ampati.