National People’s Party (NPP) National President Conrad K Sangma and TMC Candidate Richard M Marak on Saturday filed their nomination papers for the upcoming Meghalaya Assembly polls, slated for February 27.

The NPP National President Conrad K Sangma filed his nomination before the Returning Officer of 51-South Tura and Additional Deputy Commissioner, Saljong R Marak, at Tura.

Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination, Conrad expressed confidence of winning an absolute majority.

“Hence, in this political scenario I see the trend that NPP is heading towards getting absolute majority and we are confident that we will get it,” he said.

About the issues based on which the party will fight the elections, he replied, “We are moving ahead with the development work we have done in the last 5 years. And the overall work that has happened in different sectors…..and the fact that the foundation has been laid, it is time to take things forward to the next level… and the continuity is important to ensure that we’ll be able to achieve those goals.”

Conrad is seeking re-election from South Tura, which he won after being elected as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya in the bye-election for the seat in August 2018.

The battle for South Tura turns interesting with the stage set for a triangular fight with BJP Vice President and Tura MDC Bernard Marak and youth leader and TMC candidate Richard M Marak vying for South Tura seat.  There are some more candidates eyeing the crucial seat.

Meanwhile, TMC candidate Richard M Marak too filed his nomination today. Switching from Youth Politics, Marak joined active politics and is contesting as TMC candidate.

 Asked, Richard said he joined electoral politics to fight against anti- people and corrupt Government.

“We have 10 pledges which we are going to fulfill and people are supporting us and we will take on this anti people and corrupt government,” Marak said after filing his nomination.

Banking on clean image and youth power, the TMC candidate highlights the party’s pledge.

Asked, he said, “I have been in politics for many years, I have been in Student politics, I have been in Youth politics, I have raised issues on the street as well as raised issues in the capital in Delhi for our people, I am here to serve people.”

Mentionably, the last date for filing of nomination for Meghalaya Assembly elections 2023 is February 7. The scrutiny of the nominations will be done on February 8 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is February 10, 2023. The polling is on February 27 and results will be declared on March 2, 2023.

By Editor