Congress wins Ampati to become single largest party in Meghalaya Assembly
Congress candidate Miani D Shira won by 3191 votes. She secured 14,259 votes against a total of 11,069 votes polled by NPP candidate Clement G Momin.Updated: May 31, 2018 18:49 IST
Hindustan Times, Shillong
The opposition Congress remained the largest party in the Meghalaya assembly with its candidate Miani D Shira retaining the 53 Ampati seat defeating the National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Clement G Momin by 3191 votes.
The other candidate, independent Subhankar Koch could manage a paltry 360 votes only while NOTA recorded 208 votes.
Miani’s victory also means that the Congress keeps intact the largest party tag with 21 seats in the 60-member House. NPP is a close second with 20 members.
The Ampati seat had fallen vacant after Miani’s father and former chief minister Dr Mukul Sangma, who won from two seats in the last assembly poll, decided to retain Songsak seat.
Miani led right from the first round of counting and though the margin was slender at first creating a bit of anxiety among her supporters, it gradually increased with each round and finally, of the total 25,687 valid votes, she polled 14,259 votes in all while NPP’s Clement G Momin polled 11,068 votes.
Of the total 39 polling stations, the NPP could lead in only five while Miani easily outpaced her rival in the rest. Her father had defeated the BJP candidate Bakul Ch Hajong in the February 27 election this year by a margin of 8014 votes.
Though the victory margin is less this time, yet observers feel it is sizeable considering that this is the first foray into active politics for the 27 year-old daughter of the former Chief Minister.
Miani will now joins her father, mother Dikanchi D Shira and paternal uncle Zenith M Sangma in the 9th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. She will also be the fourth woman legislator in the house besides her mother, Congress’s Ampareen Lyngdoh and NPP’s Agatha Sangma.
Amidst the jubilation and dance shortly after the results were declared, Miani told HT over phone from Ampati, “I am out of words really. I was positive right from the beginning but right now I’m too overwhelmed.”
She added, “This is a victory of the people of Ampati who once again reposed their faith in the Congress party and my father Dr. Mukul Sangma who faithfully served them for 25 years. I dedicate this win to them and thank each and every one for their unstinting support throughout and I want that all of us together should continue to work and ensure that Ampati shines even brighter.”
Her elated father, Dr. Sangma too dedicated the victory to the people of Ampati and the hard work put in by all stakeholders from party workers to grassroots supporters. Admitting that the fight wasn’t easy this time, given that the NPP had put in all its might and other resources to wrestle the seat, Dr. Sangma expressed pride at his daughter’s win.
“She fought a good fight and ran a good race and therefore the crown is hers. We are all so very proud of her,” he said.
First Published: May 31, 2018 14:53 IST