Meghalaya bye-elections: Eugeneson Lyngdoh, son of late SK Sunn, to contest from Mawphlang on UDP ticket

The Indian footballer said that he is ready to hang his boots and "take this responsibility of carrying the weight of the people on my shoulder”


Indian football player and son of former Member of Legislative Assembly of 24 Mawphlang constituency, (L) S.K. Sunn, Eugeneson Lyngdoh announced his candidature for the bye-election from the same seat, on Thursday.

Addressing a small gathering attended by family members and supporters at his residence in Mawphlang, Eugeneson said that he hopes to fill the seat left vacant following his father's death on September 10, 2021.

The family had entrusted the constituency's residents to decide the party ticket for the young footballer and it was ultimately decided that Eugeneson will contest Mawphlang on the United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.

"I feel that they see in me the capability to carry forward the works that my father has done", said Eugeneson. "Whatever alliance I am with and whoever people are there in the party, I have full confidence in them. They have leaders with great capability and there are leaders who are known and have been in the scene for many years... under their guidance, I feel I am in good hands and I can move forward in the right direction,” he added.

UDP President and Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, and other members of the party, were present at the gathering to confirm his candidacy officially. Metbah said that, while Sunn was sworn in as an independent MLA, he later became an associate member of the UDP. Accordingly, Eugeneson was inducted into the party as a member.

However, the candidacy brings to an end Eugeneson's football career. He said he is ready to hang his boots and "take this responsibility of carrying the weight of the people on my shoulder". He remembered his father as a man who loved sports and said that his priority at the moment is to achieve victory so that he can complete his father's term, and only then will he decide on the 2023 election.

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