Shillong, Jan 14, 2018: The forthcoming Assembly elections in the State will witness quite a few number of government officials including retired IAS officers contesting the elections.
The prominent among the Government officials who are contesting the upcoming polls include secretary in charge of Health and Family department and Social Welfare director, Himalaya Shangpliang, who applied for voluntary retirement from service last year.
Shangpliang will contest against sitting legislator and Khasi Autonomous District Councils (KHADC), Pynshngain N Syiem from Mawsynram constituency.
Interestingly, Mawsynram will see another senior bureaucrat of the Agriculture department, Olanding Suin who is contesting on a UDP ticket. As per indications, Suin is going to give a tough fight to both Shanpliang and Syiem in the upcoming elections.
Another Government official who is on the fray is Commerce and Industries director, Nehru Suting who is contesting against former Congress Minister, Prestone Tynsong from Pynursla constituency. Even though it is not very clear whether Suting will contest from the Congress or the UDP, however, with Suting being a close-aide of Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, he is likely to choose the Congress over the UDP.
Former IAS officer, Jopthiaw Lyngdoh is contesting from Nartiang constituency against former Congress Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar. Lyngdoh will contest from the Congress party.
Former joint secretary in charge of Printing and Stationery, Ferlin CA Sangma had taken voluntary retirement to contest the polls. She will take on Congress heavy weights and current Minister in the Congress led Government in the State, Clement Marak from Selsella constituency in West Garo Hills as an NPP candidate.
Another former senior bureaucrat in Garo Hills, B. Ch. Hajong who was the officer-on-special-duty is likely to take on Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma from Ampati. Hajong is likely to contest on a BJP ticket after joining the party few months back.
With few months left for the election, there are possibilities that there will be more bureaucrats who might join the fray.