Shillong, Oct. 9: It may not be an easy task for the Congress to choose between youth and the older generation when it comes to selecting the eventual candidate for the Tura Lok Sabha seat.
Apart from Daryl William Cheran Momin, grandson of Meghalaya’s first chief minister (late) Capt. Williamson A. Sangma, another young contender, Richard M. Marak, has expressed interest in contesting next year’s general election. Momin, 26, is an MBA from Australia’s Bond University while Marak, 28, is the general secretary of the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress, a graduate and an expert in theatre.
Marak submitted his application to the Meghalaya Congress today. Agatha K. Sangma, youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma, represents Tura parliamentary seat. At this juncture, it is unclear whether Agatha will seek re-election as talks are doing the rounds that her elder brother and former legislator Conrad K. Sangma may jump into the fray.
Sitting Salmanpara legislator Winnerson D. Sangma, former bureaucrat Arlene M. Sangma and PCC functionary Polycarp Marak are also likely to submit their applications.
Sources said the AICC had asked the Meghalaya Congress to forward the names of those who wish to contest the election from Tura and Shillong by October 15.
For Shillong parliamentary seat, at least four political figures submitted their applications today. The contenders include incumbent MP Vincent H. Pala, former Rajya Sabha MP O.L. Nongtdu, state Planning Board co-chairman John F. Kharshiing, and former Meghalaya Speaker Charles Pyngrope.