SHILLONG, Aug 27 - Although former Home Minister RG Lyngdoh has applied for the post of Meghalaya Lokayukta, that has not closed the doors for him to return to active politics.
Lyngdoh recently applied for the post and didn�t say much on the motivation behind his decision to apply. Significantly he didn�t rule out joining active politics in 2018 when the State goes to the polls.
When asked if his decision to apply for the post means an end to his political career, Lyngdoh told The Assam Tribune that he is yet to make up his mind.
�I will make up my mind within the next few weeks and will inform everyone about my next decision,� he stated.
There has been some cajoling from various quarters for Lyngdoh to apply for the post of Lokayukta chairman. Many seem to believe that Lyngdoh is the perfect man to head the ombudsman concerning corruption.
However, Lyngdoh is a fiercely independent person and in the past taken decisions that has surprised many. At the peak of his political career with hardly any significant threat to his seat, he didn�t contest the 2008 Assembly elections and quit politics.
He was a no-nonsense politician and held several Cabinet posts and was the Home Minister during the peak of insurgency in Meghalaya in the 2000s. However, he left his promising political career behind to join the private sector.
Thereafter, he was also instrumental in turning the fortunes of Martin Luther Christian University as its Vice Chancellor. He holds a postgraduate degree from Xavier Institute of Labour Relations. During his early career he held corporate positions in Mumbai and here in the State Capital.
Meanwhile, for the post of Lokayukta chairman there are several other prominent aspirants that include former chief secretary, Ranjan Chatterjee and Pranoy Kumar Mushahary, retired judge of Gauhati High Court. The Lokayukta Search Committee began to invite applicants for the chairman�s post early this year.