Re-enters active politics from the seat where he had been an MP for over 4 decades

National People’s Party (NPP) president Purno A. Sangma on Friday formally re-entered active politics when he filed his nomination papers for the Tura parliamentary constituency in Meghalaya from where he had been an MP for over four decades.

Mr. Sangma, who came on a wheelchair due to a fall last week, was accompanied by his daughter and former Union Minister of State Agatha Sangma and son James K. Sangma, who is also the party spokesperson in the State, and other party workers.

He filed his papers before Pravin Bakshi, the Returning Officer for the Tura seat.

Mr. Sangma returned to active politics at the national level after a gap of six years when he contested the assembly elections in Meghalaya in 2008.

The Congress candidate, Daryl Momin, also filed his papers making a bid to enter electoral politics for the first time in his life.

Mr. Momin is mentored by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma himself to take on the NPP president head on in the Garo Hills region. He is the youngest candidate from the Northeast who is contesting the LS election. Daryl is the grandson of founder Chief Minister of Meghalaya Captain Williamson A. Sangma and will contest from Tura seat.

Meanwhile, sitting MP from the Shillong parliamentary constituency and Congress nominee Vincent H. Pala also filed his nomination papers to contest the April 9 Lok Sabha elections along with three other candidates, who had filed their papers for the Shillong seat.

The BJP candidate, Shibun Lyngdoh, also filed his nomination papers on Friday — the fourth candidate in the fray for the Shillong seat.

United Democratic Party candidate Paul Lyngdoh and Aam Admi Party candidate A. Kharshiing have already filed their papers.

Mr. Pala was accompanied by Congress chief in Meghalaya D.D. Lapang, Transport Minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh and party workers as he filed his papers at the office of Sanjay Goyal, the Returning Officer for the Shillong seat. — PTI