Lok Sabha elections 2019: Will NPP retain Meghalaya’s Tura constituency?
The Tura parliamentary constituency was held for many years by former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, considered as the tallest leader from the northeast at the national level.
PA Sangma’s son Conrad Sangma of the National People’s Party contested the by-poll in 2016 after his father’s death and defeated Congress party’s Dikkanchi D Shira. It fell vacant after Conrad Sangma became the chief minister of Meghalaya in 2018.
This year, his sister Agatha Sangma will contest the Lok Sabha election from the ruling NPP. Agatha Sangma will be up against former Congress chief minister of Meghalaya Mukul M Sangma. The BJP, an ally of the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in Meghalaya, has named party’s state unit vice-president Rikman G Momin as its candidate for the Tura parliamentary constituency.
Tura will vote on April 11 and results will be declared on May 23.
Here are some facts about the Tura Lok Sabha seat:
Name of the Lok Sabha constituency: Tura
2019 candidates :Rikman G Momim (BJP), Dr Mukul M Sangma (Congress)
Polling date: April 11
Former MP, party: Conrad Sangma, NPP
Winning margin in 2016: 192,212
Runner up name, party: Dikkanchi D Shira, Congress
Number of voters in 2016: 483,379
Percentage of votes polled in 2016: 77.50%
Number of women voters in 2016: 289,271
Number of polling booths in 2016: 945