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Shillong, Feb 18:

National People’s Party (NPP) national vice-president and Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said that he is ready to contest the upcoming election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the State if the party wants him to contest.

“If the party feels I am the right candidate then I am ready to go to Delhi as a Rajya Sabha MP,” Tynsong told reporters here today.

Meanwhile, he said that the name of the candidate, who would be contesting the election of the Rajya Sabha from the party, would be known before the filing of nominations.

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“As of now, there are so many aspirants who are fit to contest the election,” Tynsong added.

Meanwhile, NPP national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that he is yet to start consultations on the name of the candidate to contest the election of the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the State.

“We are going to discuss with everybody within the party and also with the coalition partners. Whatever it is, we will be able to decide on the candidate who is acceptable to all,” Sangma said.

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When asked about reports on the refusal of former Chief Minister, DD Lapang and NPP state president, Dr. W.R.Kharlukhi to contest the Rajya seat, he said that there is nothing as such since consultations is yet to start.

It may be mentioned that NPP would be given a chance to put up a candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat from the side of the MDA partners.

The election to the lone Rajya seat will be held on March. According to official sources, a total number of 55 seats in the Rajya Sabha including the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the State are scheduled to filled up.

It may be mentioned that the tenure of the present Rajya Sabha MP, Wansuk Syiem would end on March 12.

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