Shillong: The three parties which are part of the coalition government – United Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front and NPP (National People’s Party) are fielding their candidates for the Ranikor by-poll which will be held on August 23. On Thursday, Congress announced its candidates for the Meghalaya assembly by-elections from South Tura and Ranikor. But NPP which part of the BJP led Meghalaya Democracy Alliance government, has decided not to contest the by-elections and support NPP candidate and Chief Minister Conard Sangama from South Tura assembly seat. In addition, the party is yet to decide which of the coalition partners should it extend it is support for the Ranikor by-poll.
The candidate who are stand on by-election – NPP candidate MM Danggo, Jackuish K Sangma will take on former Congress legislator, PN Syiem nominee People’s Democratic Front and Pius Marwein from United Democratic Party’s.
Currently, Congress is stand to support former Garo Student’s Union Leader Jackuish K Sangma as a party candidate for the Ranikor by-poll. On the other end, the retired principal of Tura Government Public School, Charlotte W Momin will contest the South Tura by-election against Conrad. According to the sources, the two seats fell vacant following the resignation of NPP legislator Agatha Sangama from South Tura Assembly seat to pave way for her brother and chief Minister Conrad Sangama to Contest the by-election in order to retain the chief ministership.