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Cong in council poll fray

Shillong, March 5: The Congress will fight it out with the regional parties in the election of chairman to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), while a Congress nominee is all set to be elected unopposed as chairman of the Jaińtia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) tomorrow.

The Congress has fielded former chief executive member Mansturdy Nongrem for the chairman’s post in the KHADC, who takes on Teilinia Thangkhiew, fielded by the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA). “Two members of the House aspiring to the chairman’s post filed their nomination papers today and the papers were found valid,” KHADC secretary (legislative wing), A. Shangpliang said today.

Though ARPA has a strength of 17 members in the 30-member house, the Congress with 10 members along with the support of one Independent and NCP member, is confident of winning the election to the high post. Including a nominated member, the Congress’ strength will go up to 13. Congress needs the support of at least three ARPA members to win the poll.

East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner Sanjay Goyal will conduct the election to the chairman’s post at the KHADC hall scheduled for 11am.

However in JHADC, Congress member Laitsing Shylla was the only nominee who submitted his nomination papers for the chairman’s post.

West Jaińtia Hills deputy commissioner Peter S. Dkhar, who will conduct the election, said Shylla, being a lone contestant for the chairman’s post, would be declared uncontested as chairman of the council tomorrow.