Hectic lobbying was on with just a day left for the crucial Congress Legislature Party meeting to choose a new chief minister of Meghalaya to resolve the leadership row in the party.
Unless a consensus emerges at the last moment, the meeting would see a three-corner battle between incumbent Chief Minister JD Rymbai, his predecessor DD Lapang and former Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.
Sangma, who had to quit his post in late 2005 following police firing in the Garo Hills region that left nine dead, has also thrown his hat into the ring.
His entry has been a setback to the Lapang camp which was nurturing a hope to stage a comeback.
According to indications, Rymbai with his humble and honest politician image was ahead of his contenders.
The 29-member CLP would elect the leader through secret ballot.
The convening of CLP was directed by party chief Sonia Gandhi.
Rymbai succeeded Lapang after he lost the support of a majority of Congress MLAs in mid June last year. But the dissidence resurfaced soon after as supporters of Lapang renewed the demand of reinstating him.