Shillong, March 18: United Democratic Party (UDP) working president Paul Lyngdoh, who is also a candidate from the Shillong parliamentary constituency, today exuded confidence that the electorate would vote according to the changes taking place across the country.
“We are very confident because of the fact that the recent trend across the country indicates that the Congress is sliding very fast, and the electorate of Meghalaya is intelligent and observant enough to notice these changes around the country. They will vote accordingly,” Lyngdoh, who filed his nomination papers today, told reporters.
Accompanied by senior UDP leaders, legislators and party workers, Lyngdoh was the first to file his nomination from among all the contenders. NPP legislator James K. Sangma and Independent legislator John Leslee K. Sangma were also present.
The papers were filed before East Khasi hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal, who is also the returning officer for the Shillong parliamentary seat.
Stating that the current trends indicate that the Congress is heading towards its worst-ever performance, Lyngdoh, who is the UDP legislator from West Shillong Assembly constituency, said: “We have the power of the people. We also see that people are fed up with the misrule of the Congress right from the Centre upto the state, and therefore, the electorate will vote this party (Congress) out.”
He said after the Congress it was the UDP which has been able to pull voters into its fold.
The other contenders for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat include sitting MP Vincent H. Pala from the Congress, Common People’s Front candidate Rev. P.B.M. Basaiawmoit, who has the support of the HSPDP and the KHNAM, and Armerington Kharshiing, a political greenhorn, from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Kharshiing is a retired Indian Forest Service officer. The AAP Meghalaya unit has sought suggestions from the public for drafting its manifesto. As on January 28, 2014, there are 15,53,028 voters in Meghalaya, of whom 22.62 per cent are in the 18-25 age group, while 50.43 per cent are women.
Among the electors, 5,84,070 voters are in Tura, divided into 24 Assembly segments, while 9,68,958 voters will cast their votes for the Shillong seat in 36 Assembly segments.