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Charles rules out changing seat, party

Shillong, May 10: The AITC state president Charles Pyngrope has ruled out change of seat from Nongthymmai to Mawryngkneng.

Charles, Legislature party leader Mukul Sangma and other MLAs held a meeting with the AITC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata on Tuesday.

He said the party’s preparation for 2023 Assembly polls was discussed in the meeting.

To a query on shifting to UDP, Charles said his name is doing the rounds to join all political parties in the state.

“There is no question of shifting from Nongthymmai or leaving AITC, he said.

According to Charles , the block president of his late son David is planning to contest from Mawryngkneng.

Legislators HM Shangpliang, Shitlang Pale and Marthon Sangma could not attend the meeting in Kolkata as they had prior engagement, Charles said.

Issue of MLAs’ exodus 

Charles said though it is too early to say who are all leaving the party, varied views and merits of contesting from the AITC will be presented before the party MLAs but ultimately, it will be their choice, he said.

Eyes on all 60 seats

Charles said while the NPP is not strong in Khasi Hills and UDP in Garo Hills, the strategy of the party is to field candidates in all the 60 seats.

He said the AITC national general secretary will visit Shillong likely end of this month to draw up an action plan for the Assembly polls in 2023.

To a question on any setback after the NPP chose Ampareen’s sister Jasmine Lyngdoh to contest from Nongthymmai, Charles said anyone can contest from the seat.

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