Union Tribal Affairs Minister P R Kyndiah, representing Shillong Lok Sabha constituency, has decided against contesting forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Citing no reason, the octogenarian politician said in a statement on Thursday night, "I am confident that whoever the Congress nominee is, would win the election comfortably from Shillong Lok Sabha constituency."
The Congress heavyweight's announcement was made amid speculation that the Congress was averse to giving him the ticket this time due to his poor performance.
Party sources said former Meghalaya PCC President O L Nongtdu, two time Congress legislator Charles Pyngrope, business tycoon Vincent Pala and former Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council chief HS Shylla were the four contenders for the ticket from Shillong constituency.
Kyndiah, the two time MP said despite challenges, the Congress under the dynamic leadership of Sonia Gandhi was growing stronger as was evident in the last elections to Mizoram Assembly where the Congress swept to victory.