Tura, May 23, 2019:
National People’s Party (NPP) party candidate from Tura Lok Sabha Constituency in Meghalaya, Agatha Sangma has already won the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Constituency, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said. This has been conveyed by NPP President and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma through his social media platforms.
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Agatha’s victory was announced by Conrad with the following message: “Congratulations Agatha Sangma. NPP is proud of your victory. We wish you the very best as you embark on a new journey to represent the aspirations of the people of Garo Hills.”
Meanwhile, sources have reported that Agatha has won 2,99,774 votes in comparison to her nearest rival Mukul Sangma’s 2,37,547 votes.
Tura is one of the two Lok Sabha seats from Meghalaya which went to polls on April 11.
Only three candidates are in fray from Tura, while Shillong has six candidates. The ruling NPP has fielded Agatha Sangma from this seat. Agatha is a former MP of Tura and will be hoping to win again.
Tura for a long time has been a Sangma pocketborough with Purno Sangma winning it multiple times. His son and daughter, Conrad and Agatha too have been MPs from Tura. While the Sangmas’ have hopped parties, Tura remained loyal to them.
Purno Sangma won the seat 11 times, Agatha Sangma has won it twice and Conrad once.
Looking to break the stranglehold, Congress has fielded heavyweight candidate Mukul Sangma from Tura.
He is the former CM and currently the leader of opposition in the state. BJP has fielded state vice president Rikman G Momin as their candidate from the Constituency.
It may be mentioned that Tura consists of 24 Assembly segments. There are over 5 lakh voters from Tura, which is one of the major cities of the state. Since NPP is an ally of BJP, if Congress loses the seat, it is sure to go to the NDA kitty.
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