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Cong(I) prepares for poll

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The Meghalaya Congress (I) has been quietly preparing itself for the parliamentary polls. Although no formal notice has been served on the partymen, already three4 applications have been received for the party ticket for the prestigious Shillong seat.

Sources close to the party said that the three contenders for the ticket are Mr D D Pugh, former APHLC Chief Minister who joined the party a few months ago, Mr Maham Singh, a die hard Congressman, and Prof. Alexgender Warjri, former Rajya Sabha MP who too resigned from the APHLC to join the national party barely six month ago.

The party bosses, sources said, have been exercising their minds about making the right selection. It is said that the party wants to complete the formalities of nomination well ahead of time for enabling him more time for establishing contacts with wider sections of the electorate.

Sources indicated that from the emerging trends it was probable that the choice may eventually fall on Mr Pugh. However, in that event dissension may develop among section of partymen who feel that a “proven Congressman” should be nominated. Although Mr Maham Singh is also a strong contender, some quarters feel that his religious affiliation may prove to be a big liability.

According to one source there may yet be another contender for the Congress (I) ticket a cabinet Minister from Khasi Hills who is said to be exploring his prospects.

Meanwhile, the Jaintia Hills District Congress (I) Committee is reported to have decided to request the PCC to award the ticket to the Indian envoy in Canada, Mr G. G. Swell.

According to one report, Mr Martin Narayan Majaw has announced his willingness to contest the ensuing poll. It is however not clear whether or not he will be allowed to use PDIC symbol since he has been “ousted” for the party by a section of the party functionaries.

The APHLC-HSPDP combine has not met as yet on the issue. Informed, however, do not rule out the re-nomination of Dr B R Kharlukhi the sitting Member.

As for Tura seat, the Congress(I) is sitting pretty with Mr Purno Sangma as its obvious nominee. Who will be the Opposition candidate is the only matter to be awaited with interest.

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