The official race for the South Tura seat is underway with the filing of the nomination by the CM, Conrad Sangma today.
The CM, who is already in the process of garnering votes from the constituency, has been paying visits to various localities in an effort to drum up support for the NPP and himself in the by-election. With his nomination, he is expected to be the first of at least 3 contestants. A few others, who have shown interest in fighting the elections, are yet to decide on taking the plunge.
The Chief Minister visited his father’s grave Purno Sangma before filing the nominations. While speaking to media persons, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma thanked former MLA Agatha Sangma for vacating her seat for the chief minister while adding, “Now that I will be contesting from South Tura, I feel closer to home and I am excited about the upcoming election”.
The CM is expected to be in a three way contest with former MLA of South Tura, John Leslee K Sangma and Charlotte W Momin of the Congress.
Interestingly, the Congress is yet to make an official announcement of their candidate with sources saying that only one name, that of retired principal, Charlotte W Momin, even applying for the ticket. An approval is yet to be received by the party.
Meanwhile, John Leslee has already communicated his interest in contesting and even resigned from the NCP to do so.
The UDP, after the initial hullabaloo too is most likely not to seek a contest after the UDP high command made its stand clear of supporting the CM. The BJP too is following suit.