Popularly known as ‘Lyngdoh sisters’, the National People’s Party (NPP) candidates Ampareen Lyngdoh from East Shillong and Jasmine Lyngdoh from Nongthymmai were the first to file nomination papers before the returning officers, East Khasi Hills on Tuesday. . Enthusiastic sisters greet each other as they file nominations on Tuesday.
Calling it a family tradition to be the early bird, Ampareen Lyngdoh said they will be up in front to serve people always.
“We have come here first day first show to show people that we are ready to serve you come vote for us. Like we are first for filing we are first in everything else,” Ampareen said.
The three time legislator Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh joined NPP after she was suspended by Congress for supporting NPP-BJP led Government in the state. Ampareen along with two other Congress suspended legislators resigned and joined the Conrad Sangma led party.
Being part of Dynasty politics, the daughters of Peter Garnett Marbaniang – parliamentarian, legislator and academician from the state of Meghalaya, Ampareen is the third in the family to join politics. The new entrant Jasmine Lyngdoh is the fourth member of this family to enter the political arena. Interestingly, it has always been the family tradition to file nominations on the first day, claims daughter.
“It has always been a tradition of my family since 1972,our family has served the state of Meghalaya for 51 long years, so it has always been a practice and convention of my late father, followed by my late brother maintained by me and now my younger sister also doing the same thing,” Dr. Lyngdoh said.
Though, late Peter Garnett Marbaniang and his son former Home Minister of Meghalaya Late RG Lyngdoh were members of Indian National Congress, the sisters choosed NPP.
Talking about it, Ampareen said that she always wanted to associate herself with a party which is from the state but at the same time has a national presence.
“The ideology of the NPP is close to the ideology of the Congress. It is not a communal party, it believes in inclusivity. It is a party which believes in grassroots politics,” said Amapreen.
Ampareen also expressed confidence that people will repose their faith in her as a leader.
“Why people should vote for me is if you have faith in me, if you trust me, if you think that I deliver, if I am an action person, if you think that I will try to solve your problem if not totally but partially, I will give you my attention my time and I will not forget you because I know where you live, I know where exactly where your house is, I know how many people are there in your family, I know exactly what your issues are nobody else can fool me about that because I am one person who keeps you close to my heart and if I don’t tell you that every time.”
She said during the Covid time, everyone in her constituency had suffered but she had a direct access to every people’s home.
“We were able to manage and maintain the entire pandemic and it was thankfully something which we could face and pass over – I am a person who opens my door every day…,” she said.
Meanwhile, her younger sister Jasmine Lyngdoh will be fighting against senior Meghalaya TMC President and senior legislator Charles Pyngrope and UDP general secretary Dr Jemino Mawthoh. She assured to bring development to Nongthymmai constituency.
Talking about the contest, Jasmine said, “I think voters should be reflective when they are voting as they are voting for five years, and there is so much to do in Nongthymmai which I came to know during the course of my interaction with the people of the constituency.”