By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Feb 05, 2018:
As the last date for filing of nomination draws closer, the political parties are itching to release the names of candidates as soon as possible.
While many regional parties are almost done with the process of announcing the names, the Congress and the BJP on the other hand, are still taking time to finalise the second list.
The Congress, which had earlier stated that they will be releasing the list by today, has yet again delayed the process by a day and stated that final list of candidates for the remaining three seats will be declared by Tuesday.
The BJP, on the other hand, is unsure of the second list as state leaders await the central election committee’s approval on the same.
There were rumours that the Congress will likely field former legislator, Manas Chaudhuri to contest against BJP’s Sanbor Shullai in South Shillong constituency.
When asked if the rumours are true, Pala told TNT-The Northeast Today that it is true that the party has approached Manas to contest from the party ticket. “We are still waiting for a confirmation from his side. I am sure by today evening everything would be clear,” Pala added.
Meanwhile, Pala also said that the party was finding difficulties in getting a good candidate for Khliehriat constituency. “But now we have found a good candidate who will give a tough fight in Khliehriat,” the MPCC working president said.
It may be mentioned that the Congress candidate from Khliehriat will be battling for the prestigious seat against BJP’s Justine Dkhar, NPP’s Violet Lyngdoh and UDP’s Kyrmen Shylla.
In as far as Pynthorumkhrah seat is concerned, the Lok Sabha MP said that the party had approached sitting MDC and PDF candidate, James Ban Basaiawmoit.
“But he has refused to accept our offer. We are left with no option but to award the ticket to Shngain Rumnong who is only who have applied for the party ticket,” he said. Rumnong will be contesting against former congress minister, AL Hek, who recently defected to the BJP.
When asked about the party’s prospect, he said that the party is expected to give a tough fight in over 45 constituencies. “We are hopeful to cross the magic number to be able to retain the State,” he added.