Shillong, Nov. 3: George B. Lyngdoh, the eldest son of former chief minister E.K. Mawlong, will contest the byelection to Umroi constituency as a United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate.
The seat had fallen vacant following the death of Mawlong, the sitting UDP legislator, last month. The bypoll is likely to be held in February.
Lyngdoh said the party’s Umroi circle had unanimously decided to field him from the constituency on Saturday. He added that he had met UDP president and chief minister Donkupar Roy and had the support of the party’s central body.
A release by the UDP’s Umroi circle stated that several party leaders and people from all walks of life had urged Lyngdoh to follow in the footsteps of his father and fulfil his unfinished tasks and aspirations. Mawlong had represented Umroi constituency for several years. UDP leaders felt Lyngdoh would prove to be his worthy successor.
UDP president, Umroi circle, P.K. Lynser, said Lyngdoh, who was an electronics engineer, would be able to build relations with all sections of the people.
“The UDP in Umroi has been working in tandem with George for quite sometime now. He has the potential and ability to shoulder responsibilities for the welfare of the people of Umroi constituency,” he added.
The Congress is yet to decide on a candidate. Indications are that party leader Stanlywiss Rymbai, who had lost to Mawlong in the last Assembly elections, may get the ticket.