Shillong: The Meghalaya Lok Sabha election 2019 results will start trickling as counting has now begun. Postal ballot counting has commenced in Shillong, and currently, the Indian National Congress is leading in both constituencies. Stay with us to find out the fate of the two constituencies from the state, which include Shillong and Tura. In Tura, NPP’s Agatha Sangma is currently leading the charge with 54,071 votes so far, while INC is at 50,773 votes, closing the margin at 3298. In Shillong, the Indian National Congress currently has 71,484 votes while the United Democratic Party have 44,798 votes, leaving the margin at 26,686 votes.
Chief candidates in Shillong include Vincent Pala from the Indian National Congress, BJP’s Sanbor Shullai and United Democratic Party’s Jemino Mawthoh. As far as Tura is concerned, The NPP, which is in power in the state, has put forth MP Agatha Sangma from the seat against Congress member and former chief minister Mukul Sangma.
Back in 2004, the seats in Tura and Shillong were secured by INC and AITC. However, in 2009, the seat in Tura was secured by NCP while Shillong was secured by INC. Again in 2014, Shillong went to INC but Tura was secured by NPP. Giving BJP’s growing popularity in the northeastern states, it’ll be interesting to see if INC can maintain its hold in Shillong.
Here are the main points:
Meghalaya is a state in northeast India and has 2 seats in the Lok Sabha of which 0 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 2 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.
Meghalaya also sends 1 member to the Rajya Sabha.
There are 60 Assembly constituencies in the state and the last Assembly elections were held in March 2018.
According to the latest available data, there are a total of 18,96,010 eligible voters in Meghalaya, of which 9,39,829 are male, 9,56,181 female and 0 voters of the Third Gender.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Meghalaya voted in 1 phase on April 11, 2019.
Currently, the Congress and the National People’s Party (NPP) share one parliamentary seat each in the state.
Agatha Sangma, who won from Tura parliamentary constituency in the 2009 elections and served as a minister in the UPA-II government, had won the Assembly elections from South Tura in 2018.
Tura has been without an MP since last year as Conrad Sangma was the sitting member and had resigned after taking over in the state.
Tura comprises 24 assembly segments and there are over five lakh voters in the region.
The first Lok Sabha elections in Meghalaya were held back in 1952.