MPCC to hold poll to select candidates

Tussle in Cong over tickets

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has decided to hold election in all its units to finalise candidates for the Assembly election due in 2013.

The MPCC is forced to take this decision following reports of tussle over allocation of party tickets, Congress sources said on Tuesday.

The party has already started the process of holding an election in Pynursla Block Congress Committee as more than two aspirants have sought the ticket to contest from Pynursla, sources said.

Besides Forest and Environment Minister Prestone Tynsong, former Congress legislator and senior leader KK Dkhar is among the ticket aspirants.

“Polling at Pynursla is scheduled for Wednesday,” sources added.

The party would hold similar election at Shella in the first week of January.

According to the party sources, Shella is one of the constituencies where the MPCC is facing a huge problem in selecting candidate. Three persons are in the fray for Congress ticket.

One of them is a young entrepreneur Pynthymmai Chyne, who had contested the last district council election on KHNAM ticket.

Party sources revealed that AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who believes in empowerment of youth, is in favour for allocating ticket to Chyne.

Another aspirant is Jropsing Nongkhlaw, a crorepati, party sources said adding that Nongkhlaw enjoys the backing of several senior leaders including former Chief Minister DD Lapang.

The third ticket aspirant is the ‘Strawberry’ man Leston Wanswett. Wanswett had contested the 2008 Assembly election from the Congress.

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