Ampareen, Rapsang joins NPP: 6 candidates to contest from Shillong city

Putting last nail in the coffin, two suspended Congress legislators resigned from the primary membership of the party as well as members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. They then joined National People’s Party (NPP) on Monday evening ending all the speculations.

Shouting ‘Ha Ka Kot’- the two former legislators came to the venue while leading a procession which was accompanied by the supporters.

The induction of three time Legislator from East Shillong constituency Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh and legislator from West Shillong constituency Mohendro Rapsang on Monday is a major boost to Conrad Sangma led party.

The joining programme was organised at Madan Iewrynghep, Shillong.

The UDP MDC from Jaintia Hills Autonomous District council Emlangky Lamare who represents the Narpuh constituency was also inducted in the same programme.

The two suspended Congress legislators Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh and Mohendro Rapsang earlier resigned from the primary membership of the party as well as members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

East Shillong Legislator Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh and West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang on Monday submitted their resignation to the Commissioner Secretary Meghalaya Assembly Andrew Simon.

With this the strength of the 60-member State Assembly now reduces to 55 members.

The induction programme was organised in presence of NPP National President and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, and Vice President Prestone Tynsong.

On this occasion the Meghalaya Unit President of NPP Dr. WR Kharlukhi also introduced the six NPP candidates from the Shillong city who will contest the upcoming Assembly polls. Barring South Shillong constituency, the NPP is putting up candidates in all the other seats.

The six NPP candidates are – Rocky Hek from Pynthorumkhrah constituency, Teiborlang Pathaw from Mawlai constituency,  Dr M Ampareen Lyngdoh from East Shillong constituency,  Ransom Sutnga from North Shillong constituency, Mohendro Rapsang from West Shillong constituency, and Jasmine Mary Lyngdoh NPP candidate from Nongthymmai constituency. Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh is also appointed as the spokesperson of NPP.

In her speech, Ampareen Lyngdoh expressed confidence that she would serve the people better by joining the NPP. She also assured to stand by the deputy chief minister and said, “We look up to you. The people of 16 East Shillong will not make fun of you. We are aware of your capability.”

She said that NPP is lucky to have a billionaire like Sniawbhalang Dhar.

“The state need leaders who will not steal their money…Some people make issues out of rich candidates but I tell you…I’d rather work closely with a candidate who will not disappear with people’s funds and rights,” she said.

 Rapsang said he is confident to come back as MLA in 2023 as the people are supporting him.

 “The NPP wave will be there and this time we will also get all the Shillong city seats,” he said. He also hailed the leadership of the chief minister and said, “I am sure he will take the state to the top ten in the country.”