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Congress wins Meghalaya by-poll

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 22, 2009

Shillong, Aug 21 (PTI) Congress nominee and Meghalaya Education Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh today won the by-poll to Laitumkhrah constituency defeating the United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate Malcolm Tariang by a margin of 2,327 votes.

Lyngdoh polled 5,800 votes, while Tariang bagged 3,473 votes. The lone women legislator increased her winning margin from 1,593 in the 2008 assembly elections to 2,327 this time.

In 2008, Lyngdoh, then a member of the UDP, had defeated Tariang who had contested as independent candidate.

The four other candidates – Stephen Nongbet (BJP), Remeo Phira Rani (Hill State Peoples Democratic Party) and two Independents, George Garry Lyngdoh and Andrew Aibok Jyrwa, forfeited their security deposit.

“I won despite personal attacks by my opponents. I must say they are yet to learn the game (of politics),” Lyngdoh said after emerging victorious.


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