Newmai News Network
Shillong, Nov 24: The ruling National People’s Party (NPP) today decided to field women candidates from both Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, to be held next year.
The party announced that four-time East Shillong legislator and cabinet minister Ampareen Lyngdoh as its official candidate from the Shillong parliamentary seat and sitting MP and former Union minister of State Agatha K Sangma from the Tura parliamentary seat.
Speaking to reporters, NPP state president Prestone Tynsong said both names have been approved by the party’s national president Conrad K Sangma.
He said there were not less than 5-6 aspirants in both the constituencies. “Ultimately, the state election committee after duly examining and proper consultation has also been made not only up to the district level but also up to booth level decided to recommend these two names to the high command and the high command has already approved these two names – Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh and Agatha K Sangma,” Tynsong added.
He also refused to disclose the names of other ticket aspirants saying “that is secondary now”.
Expressing confidence that the NPP will win the Shillong seat and retain the Tura seat, Tynsong said the party has the highest vote share in both these constituencies.
“Therefore, I am very sure once we work harder we will be able to become victorious in this coming elections,” he said.
He also said the NPP secured the highest vote share from the Shillong parliamentary constituency despite winning only a few seats in the 2023 Assembly polls adding the party was followed by the United Democratic Party (UDP) in second place and Congress in third place.
“Tura is not only highest I think we even crossed 50% it is about 52 per cent,” he claimed while adding, “Therefore, the party will work hard wholeheartedly especially I have already instructed all the newly appointed office bearers to go down up to the district level or polling booth level, we will reach out upto the village level.”
The state president said the NPP would also request all MDA partners and other political parties to support its official candidates in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
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