Meghalaya News 24 Special
People’s Democratic Front (PDF) acting president and cabinet minister Banteidor Lyngdoh has outrightly denied the allegation that party workers and supporters are supporting the Congress nominee for the upcoming bye-election to the Mawryngkneng Assembly seat.
“We have not given any direction to the zonal committee of Mawryngkneng as to who they should extend support to in the Mawryngkneng by poll,” Lyngdoh told Meghalaya News 24 on Thursday.
The Congress is fielding Highlander Kharmalki as its candidate for retaining the Mawryngkneng seat, which fell vacant after the demise of sitting legislator (L) David A Nongrum on February 2.
Kharmalki had unsuccessfully contested on a PDF ticket in 2018 Assembly polls. He came second.
The acting president said that the PDF in its central executive council (CEC) meeting had unanimously decided not to field a candidate for the Mawryngkneng bye election.
“This is because we felt that it is only a matter of one and a half year so we want to concentrate on the 2023 Assembly general elections,” he said.
Asked if the party would support the ruling NPP nominee, Lyngdoh however said, “We are yet to decide on this matter. Till now we have also not given any direction to our party workers and supporters regarding the bye-election.”
He further informed that the party will soon sit for a meeting to seek the views of the party workers on Mawryngkneng by poll.
To another question, Lyngdoh said that the Kharmalki has decided to contest from the Congress as he feels that he has got a better chance to win.
“…chance is there because the sympathy vote will be there due to the sudden demise of sitting MLA. He also has friends from Congress so he thinks if he contests from Congress he may have a chance to win. But we never know as the election is election. We don’t have anything personal or misunderstanding with him and we respect his decision,” he said.