FACTS | September 27, 2018:
Born in Shillong, Dr Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh is an Indian politician from the state of Meghalaya. She is a member of the 10th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly representing the East Shillong Constituency. She is a leader of the Indian National Congress.
Ampareen is the daughter of Peter G. Marbaniang, a former Member of Parliament and Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. She completed her school education in Loreto Convent, Shillong. She completed her under-graduation in English at the Jesus and Mary College and graduated from Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi with a master’s degree in Mass Communication. In the year 2013, Ampareen Lyngdoh earned a PhD from the North Eastern Hill University.
Ampareen Lyngdoh was a professor of Mass Communications at St. Anthony’s College, Shillong before joining active politics. She started her political career as a member of the Indian Youth Congress and was closely involved in the election campaigns of her father, Peter G. Marbaniang and her brother Robert G. Lyngdoh, who were both leaders of the Indian National Congress.
She joined the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 2008 after the Indian National Congress refused to give her a ticket to contest the 2008 state Assembly elections. When she was handed the UDP election ticket, 44 members of UDP resigned in protest, because her brother Robert G Lyngdoh was a Congress legislator and the state’s education minister at that time.
As a UDP candidate, she won the 2008 state assembly elections, becoming the only woman MLA in the 8th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Lyngdoh was elected to the Meghalaya Assembly from the Laitumkhrah constituency, a stronghold of her family from which her father and her brother had been elected earlier. She defeated Malcom B Tariang, who fought the election as an independent candidate.
Lyngdoh later shifted her allegiance to the Congress party and contested the 2013 Assembly polls from East Shillong constituency (which included Laitumkhrah and Malki constituencies) on a Congress ticket and emerged victoriously. During 2013-18, Lyngdoh served as the cabinet minister, holding different portfolios in the Dr Mukul-Sangma led Government.
At present, Lyngdoh, who secured a thumping victory in the 2018 Assembly Polls held recently, is a member of the Opposition. Recently, the East Shillong legislator has been appointed by AICC president, Rahul Gandhi as a secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of the state of Mizoram and later appointed as President of the Meghalaya chapter of the All India Professionals Congress in August 2018.