Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma congratulates lone NPP winner in Itanagar Municipal polls

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma congratulates lone NPP winner in Itanagar Municipal polls


ITANAGAR: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma yesterday congratulated National People's Party (NPP) candidate Biri Basang for his victory in Ward 7 of the Itanagar Municipal Corporation elections.

"Congratulations to Sh. Biri Basang, NPP candidate for his victory in Ward 7 of the


Municipal Corporation elections.


is in a crucial placed position and will do all required for our NDA partners," Mr. Sangma wrote in a congratulatory tweet.

The election to the Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) has thrown up a fractured mandate with the ruling BJP emerging as the single largest party by winning 10 out of 20 wards, falling one short of the majority mark.

The Janata Dal (United) put up an impressive show by winning nine seats, while one seat went to the Conrad Sangma-led National People’s Party (NPP).

It needs mention here that the BJP swept the Pasighat Municipal Council polls by bagging six out of the eight seats. It may be mentioned here that the saffron party had won five out of the 20 IMC wards unopposed.

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Prominent among the winners in Itanagar are senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s Adviser Tame Phassang and State JD (U) president Ruhi Tagung.

BJP national council member Phassang, who contested from Ward No. 17, won by 1,460 votes, defeating his lone Congress rival, Dugi Johny. Tagung won from Ward No. 8, defeating NPP nominee Donik Tayu by 175 votes.

In the Pasighat municipal elections, the Congress managed to win two seats. Its nominee, Mumcy Dupak, won from Ward No. 7, defeating her lone BJP rival, Sobo Pertin, by two votes.

Among the prominent winners in Pasighat is former Chief Municipal Councillor Kaling Doruk of the BJP.

Altogether 12 women candidates emerged victorious in the two civic bodies. In Itanagar, seven out of the 20 newly-elected corporators are women, while in Pasighat five out of the eight winning candidates are women.

Elections to the two municipal bodies were held on December 22, along with those of the panchayats.

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