TURA, April 27 - Dikkanchi D Shira, wife of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and Conrad K Sangma, son of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Sangma, filed their nominations for bypoll to Tura LS seat before the returning officer here today.
Dikkanchi, during her nomination filing, was flanked by her brother-in-law Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith Sangma, Social Welfare Minister Deborah Marak and a host of legislators.
�I am fully prepared and I hope that my supporters and electorate of Garo Hills will decide based on the State Government�s vision and mission for development of Garo Hills to ensure my victory,� said Dikkanchi to reporters after her nomination. Dikkanchi had won the 2013 Assembly election.
Conrad, clad in traditional Garo headgear and jacket and flanked by his doctor wife Mehtab Chandee, mother Soradini, sister and former Union Minister Agatha, legislator brother James, and former Rajya Sabha MP Thomas Sangma, along with party supporters also file his nomination paper today.
�I will work to fulfill the dreams of my late father, who was our leader and our mentor. I have full faith that the people of Garo Hills will come out to ensure an NPP victory�, he said.
�The elections will be fought on the thought of our father who did everything he could for the Garo Hills region. He worked tirelessly for over 40 years for the people of Garo Hills and it is our tribute to his vision,� he added.
PTI adds: The Central Election Committee of BJP today rejected a proposal by State leaders to contest in the Tura by-poll in Meghalaya in view of National People�s Party being an ally of NDA Government.
The State BJP had forwarded names of three candidates to the Central leadership for approval but the Central committee refused to field any contestant, State BJP President Shibun Lyngdoh said.
Lyngdoh said the party is supporting the NPP candidate Conrad K Sangma.
Opposition United Democratic Party today met Conrad and senior party leaders at Baksalpara in Garo Hills expressing their open support to NPP.