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SHILLONG | Oct 6, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma will be campaigning for the United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate and former Assembly Speaker, late Dr. Donkupar Roy’s son, Balajied Kupar Synrem in the October 21 bye-election for the Shella Assembly constituency.

“Chief Minister will start campaigning for our candidate after he returns from abroad on October 11. He (Conrad) is expected to address at least three public meetings during his campaign for the bye-election,” UDP vice president, Allantry F. Dkhar informed here today.

According to him, the campaign by the Chief Minister will be a huge boost for the prospect of the party candidate to win the bye-election.

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When apprised of the statement made by party leader and Cabinet Minister, Kyrmen Shylla where he admitted that the bye-election in Shella will not an easy battle for the UDP, Dkhar said that he (Kyrmen) has not been properly briefed about the prospects of the party candidate in this election.

“In this election, we are getting support even from people who were not supporting late Dr. Roy in the previous elections. I have never seen such support for the party candidate in Shella constituency” UDP vice president said. He also said that they are expecting that Dr Roy’s son will win by a bigger margin in this election.

Replying to a question if the decision of two of the MDA partners- PDF and BJP– is an advantage of the party, Dkhar said that with more candidates in the fray, it would mean that the votes would be split. “This will be a plus point for the party prospects,” he said. The UDP vice president also countered the claim of the PDF that the party votes in the last election has remained intact.

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“The PDF candidate in the 2018 elections, Leston Wanswett has now joined the NPP and is also not contesting in this election. I do not see that Wanswett’s younger brother and PDF candidate, Mosjo Rockfeller Wanswett would be able to put the same performance in this election,” he said.

It may recalled In the 2018 election, Donkupar Roy had secured 8,280 votes, and had won by a margin of only 370 votes against Leston Wanswett of the PDF.

The other candidates in the fray include BJP candidate, Joshua Warjri, Congress candidate Batyngshain Laitmon Ryngnga, and two independent candidates Grace Mary Kharpuri and Komen Laitmon.

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