Shillong, March 3: Former Meghalaya chief minister Donkupar Roy will contest the 2013 Assembly polls, slated to be held in February or March,
as the United Democratic Party candidate for 26-Shella constituency.
This was declared at a meeting of the executive committee of the UDPís Shella circle held at Saitsohpen (Lower Sohra) in East Khasi Hills district recently.
Party workers unanimously decided to re-nominate Roy, the incumbent president of the UDP, as the candidate for the polls in the meeting.
Thanking the party workers for re-nominating him, he vowed to work hard for his constituency and its people.
Roy, who is also the present chairman of the Meghalaya State Planning Board, has been representing Shella, a constituency close to the Bangladesh border, since 1988, without a break. Till October 2011, Shella had recorded around 18,182 voters.
For next yearís elections, Royís key rivals are likely to be Leston Wanswett of the Congress and a woman candidate, Grace Mary Kharpuri.
Kharpuri is at present an Independent member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and represents Nongshken constituency.
Wanswett had contested the last elections in February 2008 against the former chief minister. While Roy had polled 4,238 votes, Wanswett had garnered 3,299 votes for the second position. The other candidate, Pyndapborthiaw Saibon of KHNAM, managed to bag 2,585 votes.
After the elections in 2008, Roy was elected the chief minister. The ruling coalition comrised the UDP, the NCP, the HSPDP, the KHNAM and a few Independents
However, his government collapsed a year later. After that the Presidentís rule was imposed for nearly two months and Governor R.S. Mooshahary took over the administration. hen the Presidentís rule was revoked in May 2009, Congress leader D.D. Lapang was elected as the chief minister after the UDP chose to work with the Congress-led government.