Sunday, January 29, 2023

VPP releases first list of candidates for Meghalaya polls


The Voice of the People’s Party (VPP) a newly formed political party in Meghalaya on Monday released the first list of 14 candidates, for the 2023 assembly elections in the state.
VPP vice president, Dr Kara H. Shen said that the party will soon release the second list of candidates, which will also include the name of Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement legislator, Adelbert Nongrum.
Nongrum, representative from North Shillong assembly seat, is expected to join the VPP soon after he quits as member of the 60-member Meghalaya assembly.
Shen said the first list includes the names of former state legislator and founding member of VPP Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit and the only woman candidate Aibandaplin F Lyngdoh. Basaiawmoit will be contesting from Nongkrem assembly constituency, while Aibandaplin will be contesting from Mylliem assembly seat.
In the 2018 assembly elections, Basaiawmoit lost from Nongkrem assembly constituency by a narrow margin of 76 votes to Independent legislator LamborMalangiang.
The former legislator who is making all efforts to make a comeback will be fighting against Malangiang and Transport minister Dasakhait Lamare of the ruling National People’s Party.
Aibandaplin is pitted against Information and Technology Minister, Hamletson Dohling and former Congress minister Ronnie V. Lyngdoh from Mylliem assembly constituency.
The VPP has fielded ShanlangWarjri to take on United Democratic Party (UDP) president and Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh from Mairang assembly seat.
Author and social activist, Avner Pariat who joined VPP last week will take on suspended Congress legislator Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh from East Shillong constituency.
Another social activist Damewanhi L Rymbai will stand against Social Welfare Minister and UDP candidate, Kyrmen Shylla from Khliehriat assembly constituency.
Shen said most of the VPP candidates are first-timers and seeking the support of their electorates to bring “real” change in the state.
“VPP’s main poll plan is to provide corruption free governance and protection of the interests of the indigenous people without compromising constitutional rights of other residents of the State,” Shen said.
He also voiced optimism that NPP will win many seats in the upcoming elections as people of the state are fed up with the alleged corruption plaguing Meghalaya.

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