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Wansuk sails smoothly into Rajya Sabha

Shillong, Jan. 31: Meghalaya Congress leader Wansuk Syiem today outlined health and education as her priorities after being declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha.

Meghalaya Assembly secretary H. Mylliemngap made the announcement on Syiem’s election this afternoon, which was also the last day for withdrawal of candidature.

As the Opposition, with 17 legislators in the 60-member House, did not field any candidate for the February 7 polls to the Council of States, Syiem had a smooth sailing, and she will begin her second innings as a Rajya Sabha member. Every Rajya Sabha member retires after serving for six years.

Last year, too, Syiem was elected unopposed to the lone Rajya Sabha seat to fill up the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas A. Sangma.

An elated Syiem, while interacting with reporters, said, “I will do my best to serve the interests of the people of the state. From among various sectors, health and education would be accorded top priority.” She also said that in the 10-month period when she had served as MP, she had done her bit to contribute to Meghalaya’s wellbeing.

State PCC chief D.D. Lapang, while congratulating Syiem, expressed confidence that the party would fare well in the coming district councils and Lok Sabha polls.

Praising Syiem, he said the Congress leader had shown her efficiency during the few months she had served in the Rajya Sabha. “She is friendly to all members in the House, and she could win hearts.”

“Friends from the Opposition did not find it necessary to field a candidate and rather, they expressed their blessings. This shows that the general feeling in the state, and especially in the members of the Assembly, is that they will not mind supporting a Congress candidate,” Lapang said.

Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, who is in the Garo hills at present, also sent a congratulatory message to Syiem on her reelection.

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