SHILLONG | March 14, 2019:
The election fever has already set in with the announcement of important candidates, vying for both Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats.
While the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) has fielded UDP leader, Dr Jemino Mawthoh as the common candidate from Shillong Parliamentary constituency, the Congress has fielded sitting Shillong MP, Vincent Pala.
Meanwhile, MDA partner — the BJP, which earlier decided to fight the LS polls on its own, is contemplating to field Health minister, AL Hek to contest the polls from Shillong.
As Shillong is witnessing strong contenders, the BJP is looking forward to level the playing field by attempting to convince Hek to enter the fray.
Talking to newsmen, Hek confirmed the political development and informed that his party wants him to contest from Shillong MP seat.
“I haven’t decided so far and I have not applied the ticket either. I am awaiting the decision of the high command in this regard,” Hek said.
For the Tura seat, Hek informed that the Tura Election Committee had recommended four names to the BJP high command.
When asked whether the decision of the BJP to contest solo will affect the coalition, Hek replied in the negative.
“BJP being a National party has to contest and that there will be no differences as the MDA also has a common candidate in UDP platform; The allies have their own choices to contest and the BJP also has its own,” he added.
Asked if he foresees a tough battle brewing for the BJP with bigwigs entering the fray, Hek said, every election is tough adding that the MDC, MLA and MP elections are altogether a different ball game. “During the MP elections, the people usually for the national parties,” he added.
Tura is set to witness an interesting poll battle following the decision of the AICC to field Congress heavyweight and Opposition leader, Dr Mukul Sangma and the possibility of the NPP to field former union minister, Agatha Sangma, who is also the sister of Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma.
It may be mentioned that the NPP will announce its party candidate in Tura by tomorrow.