SHILLONG, Aug 20 - Hectic campaigning was held on the penultimate day of campaigning in South Tura and Ranikor constituencies in Meghalaya with polling scheduled on August 23.
Chief Electoral Officer, Frederick Kharkongor said campaigning would end on Tuesday evening, 48 hours before the polling day. �Everything is on track for the August 23 bye-polls,� he said.
In South Tura, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is contesting on the National People�s Party (NPP) ticket. For the Ranikor seat, NPP candidate MM Danggo is fighting to retain the seat and is facing a tough fight from the United Democratic Party candidate, Pius Marwein.
Former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Congress leader has been actively campaigning in Ranikor and has camped himself in the constituency. Congress leaders are more focused on Ranikor rather than South Tura, which the CM is likely to win. In Ranikor, apart from Danggo and Marwein, the other candidates are People Democratic Front�s PN Syiem and Congress� Jackiush Sangma.
However, the Congress strategy seems more focused on defeating Danggo and raise the UDP candidate to the podium. The Congress sees Danggo as a betrayer as he quit the party to join NPP.
The Congress is blaming Danggo for the poor development of the area during its campaign. On the other hand, the NPP candidate is reminding the people that he quit the Congress so that Ranikor could be upgraded into a civil sub-division.
Several Cabinet Ministers have campaigned for the NPP candidate, but they too say it would not be easy for Dango and there is a keen contest between the NPP and the UDP candidates.
�Whoever wins, the NPP or the UDP candidate, the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government would be the winner,� a senior Cabinet Minister said asking not to be quoted.
Meanwhile, the CEO has barred conduct of exit poll and publication by means of the print and electronic media or dissemination in any other manner during the 48 hour period before the polls.
An election review meeting was held today at Mawkyrwat Circuit House in South West Khasi Hills district to review the poll preparedness for the Ranikor Assembly polls.