“In the spirit of the coalition we have decided that we will not be contesting for the inner parliamentary constituency seat and instead work together with the coalition partners”, said Conrad Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, who is also the president of the party.
The Congress won 10 of the 29 seats in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, while the National People’s Party (NPP) — which leads the MDA — won seven and ally United Democratic Party (UDP) six.
The CM said the state government has written to the Coal India seeking their special pumps (high-power submersible pumps) to aid the rescue of the 15 miners in Lumthari area of East Jaintia Hills district.
Sangma, who was sworn in as chief minister in March, has to get elected to the Assembly to continue in office. His sister Agatha Sangma resigned from South Tura in July to pave way for him to contest the election.
Besides Ranikor in South West Khasi Hills district, the bypoll to South Tura Assembly seat in West Garo Hills district will also be held on August 23. In South Tura, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is contesting to get elected to the state legislature.