[Assam] Can names make a difference to elections? - Shillong Times
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Sat Feb 23 09:29:25 CST 2008
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By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Come March 3, Meghalaya will see a host of candidates having
interesting names seek their electoral fortune. To mention a few of the lot
are Comingone, Adolf Hitler, Admiral, Hopingstone, Hispreachering and
While Adolf Lu Hitler R Marak, a former MLA from Rangsakona, West Garo
Hills, will contest the polls on NCP ticket, another NCP candidate and
sitting MLA Admiral Sangma will join the contest from Dalamgiri of the same
Mr Hitler has started an aggressive campaign to upset the applecart of
Congress rival and sitting legislator Zenith Sangma, who had beaten the
former in the 2003 elections.
Mr Comingone from Raliang constituency in Jaintia Hills, Tony Curtis from
Malki-Nongthymai in East Khasi Hills, Stormding Thongni from Nongstoin in
West Khasi Hills and Frankenstein Momin from Mendipathar are some other
Congress candidates in the fray.
Sitting MLA and Congress nominee for Mawkhar constituency Friday Lyngdoh is
expectedly having hectic days as he thinks every day is important for him.
The numbers game will play a major role in deciding the fate of the winner
from Mawkhar, the smallest constituency of the State, which has only 7762
HSPDP candidate Britainwar also has his task cut out against sitting
Congress legislator Draison Kharshiing.
Senior HSPDP leader Hopingstone Lyngdoh is hopeful of defeating all other
opponents in Nongstoin constituency, West Khasi Hills.
The party is confident that Bombersing Hynniewta would give a tough fight to
NCP candidate PM Syiem in Mylliem constituency.
HSPDP wants to retain Pariong constituency through the charisma and service
of Dr Adviser Pariong who will contest against sitting Congress MLA Irin
Former Congress member of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council will
contest from Jowai constituency as NCP candidate.
While hardwork is the poll slogan of Laborious Manik, the NCP nominee for
Jirang seat, Ri-Bhoi district, BJP's Oral Syngkli believes in war of words.
Artist Ranee had fought the 2003 Assembly elections on UDP ticket from
Jirang, but this time the party ticket has been given to former Chief
Minister J Dringwell Rymbai.
Forward Lyngdoh Mawlong of NCP wants to be ahead in the campaign to win the
Sohiong seat. UDP's Rain Augustine Lyngdoh, however, is going all out to
dampen the "campaign spirit" of his opponents.
John Manner Marak (NCP) will take on Chamberline Marak (Congress) in
Bajengdoba constituency, East Garo Hills, while Teilang Star Blah (Congress)
seeks to shine in the fight in Dienglieng seat.
Congress candidate from Mairang seat, West Khasi Hills Boldness Nongum
believes he has it to overcome the anti-incumbency factor and cross the
Sitting legislator D Plaslanding Iangjuh (UDP) will take on Rockfeller
Rangdkhew (BJP) in his bid to retain the rocky Mawsynram seat in East Khasi
The aim of sitting legislator and UDP candidate Process T Sawkmie is to "go
process by process" to face Congress rival Founder S Cajee, who believes
Congress has a strong foundation in Mawlai constituency. Mr Process has
accepted the challenge from Mr Founder with the conviction that victory can
be achieved only through process-by-process campaign.
Sounder Cajee and Mr Founder are brothers. Mr Sounder, who had contested the
last elections, is not in the fray this time.
Hispreachering Son Shylla will be in the fray as an independent from
Nongkrem, as he was denied Congress ticket by MPCC chief Onward L Nongtdu.
BJP has put up Romeo Phira Rani with the hope that he would manage to win
votes of young voters of Laitumkhrah constituency.
Working journalist Stafing Jove Langpen Pdahkasiej, who is going to fight
the elections from Mawsynram constituency as an Independent, perhaps has the
longest name among all the candidates who have filed their nominations.
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