Shillong, Feb. 3: The door is till open for those who wish to throw their hats into the Congress ring for a Lok Sabha ticket from Shillong parliamentary seat.
Today, the state election committee of Meghalaya PCC met to extend the date of receiving applications from aspiring candidates for the Shillong seat. The committee will accept applications till 4pm on Thursday.
“This was necessitated since the AICC has not fixed the deadline for the submission of applications for Meghalaya,” an official communiqué from the PCC stated.
The committee, however, did not extend the deadline for the Tura parliamentary seat where already eight applicants have expressed their desire to contest. From among the applicants, Daryl William Cheran Momin, grandson of late Capt. Williamson A. Sangma, Meghalaya’s first chief minister, is being seen as the frontrunner.
Till date, four names are doing the rounds for the Shillong seat. Apart from incumbent MP Vincent Pala, the other names include those of former Speaker Charles Pyngrope, leader of traditional institutions John F. Kharshiing and Congress legislator from Mylliem constituency Ronnie V. Lyngdoh.
Last month, AICC secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Vijay Laxmi Sadho, had camped here to seek opinions on prospective candidates for Shillong and Tura seats.