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RS incumbent re-election likely

- Cong to nominate Wansuk Syiem

Shillong, Jan. 19: The Meghalaya Congress is likely to re-nominate incumbent Rajya Sabha MP Wansuk Syiem for the elections to the House of Elders scheduled to be held on February 7.

Syiem was elected to the Council of States on April 11 last year to fill up the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas A. Sangma. She had then been elected unopposed.

Sources today said the Congress leadership is likely to re-nominate Syiem for the post.

The veteran Congress leader was also the first woman from Meghalaya to be elected to the Rajya Sabha.

“As she (Syiem) has been holding the seat for not even a year, the leadership is likely to re-nominate her for the post,” a source said.

Every Rajya Sabha member holds office for a term of six years.

Recently, the Election Commission had issued a notification ordering elections to fill up 55 seats in the Rajya Sabha on February 7.

The term of office of 55 members of the Council of States, including that of Syiem, will expire in between April 2 and April 12, 2014.

In the present Assembly, the Congress has 29 legislators, including the Speaker, while the Mukul Sangma government has the backing of two NCP legislators, 11 Independents, and one legislator belonging to the North East Social Democratic Party (NESDP).

The Opposition comprises the United Democratic Party (UDP) with eight legislators, Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) with four legislators, two legislators from the National People’s Party (NPP), two Independents and one from the Garo National Council (GNC).


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