Shillong: Fifteen candidates filed their nomination papers across Meghalaya on Thursday, the third day of filing the nominations, for the Assembly elections scheduled to be held on February 27.
Former Congress minister Nehlang Lyngdoh filed his nominations on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket for the Khliehriat seat in East Jaintia Hills. Lyngdoh had opted out of electoral politics in 2013, but decided to contest the polls following public pressure. He is pitted against Social Welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Moreover, late Chief Minister Donkupar Roy’s son and sitting UDP legislator Balajeiedkupar Synrem has filed his nominations for the Shella seat bordering Bangladesh in East Khasi Hills, which his father held for several terms.
Sitting legislators from Mawshynrut constituency in West Khasi Hills district, Gigur Myrthong, Jim Sangma from Ronjeng constituency and Marcuise Marak from Williamnagar constituency filed their nominations on NPP tickets.
Former NPP legislator, Nihim Dalbot Shira has also filed his nomination on a NPP ticket from Songsak constituency in East Garo Hills region. Shira will take on former Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress legislature party leader, Dr. Mukul Manda Sangma and former rebel-turned Congress candidate Champion Sangma.
Four Congress candidates – Dr Celestine Lyngdoh, Charles Marngar, Stanlywiss Rymbai and Rona Khymdeit – also filed their nomination papers in Ri-Bhoi district.
KAM candidates Angela Rangad, Wanpynhun Kharsyntiew and Kyrsoibor Pyrtuh, from South Shillong, East Shillong and North Shillong, respectively, filed their nominations
The other candidates included Dr. Osaphi Smithson Jyrwa of United Democratic Party from Mawryngkneng and Independent candidate Kartush R. Marak from Baghmara constituency filed their nomination papers.