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SHILLONG | Dec 04, 2018: 

With decision on the common candidate of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) for the 2019 Parliamentary polls is still hanging fire, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday has termed the task as “challenging”.

Sangma, who is also the leader of the MDA, today admitted that it is a challenge for the MDA coalition to elect a common candidate for the Lok Sabha elections.

It may be mentioned that the MDA coalition has, for months now, been struggling to get a consensus for a MDA common candidate to contest from Shillong and Tura seat.

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And while a prominent partner in the MDA — the United Democratic Party (UDP) has pitched Jemino Mawthoh as the MDA candidate for Shillong Parliamentary seat, the BJP has decided to go on its own.

The HSPDP, on the other hand, has proposed the name of Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar and PDF is also contemplating to pitch the name of its candidate.

“All the political parties in the alliance are discussing the matter within their respective parties and no final decision has been arrived at till now,” informed the Chief Minister.

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Furthermore, Conrad also asserted that the identity of every political party needs to be respected as each has their own ideologies and take on issues.

He, however, informed that in few weeks’ time, the real situation will be revealed.

It may be mentioned that the MDA coalition comprises of NPP with 19 MLAs, UDP- 07, HSPDP 2, PDF 4, independent -2 and NCP 1.

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