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Cong renominates Wansuk for RS

Shillong, Jan. 24: Incumbent Rajya Sabha MP Wansuk Syiem has been re-nominated by the Congress party for the February 7 elections.

Syiem was elected to the Rajya Sabha on April 11 last year to fill up the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas A. Sangma. She was elected unopposed.

The veteran Congress leader, who was also the first woman from Meghalaya to be elected to the Rajya Sabha, said today that the party had again chosen her to contest for the post.

“Since the party has re-nominated me, I will be filing my nomination papers before the Assembly secretariat officials on Monday,” Syiem said.

The Opposition, led by the United Democratic Party (UDP), will meet here on Monday todiscuss whether a candidate should be put up for the elections.

“UDP leaders and legislators under the banner of the Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF) will be meeting on Monday to discuss the issue,” UDP leader Allantry F. Dkhar said.

Last year, the Opposition parties did not put up any candidate against Syiem as the odds were stacked heavily against them.

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 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). However, the HSPDP is not part of the MPF.

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

Recently, the Election Commission 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 between April 2 and April 12, 2014.