Police have suspected the role of a faction of an armed group, the Garo National Liberation Front (GNLA), as the outfit had pasted posters on trees two days ago, threatening people of dire consequences if they voted for Sangma.
The direct contest between the Congress and the BJP has become a triangular fight with the entry of a regional party.
In an interview, Sangma talks about why the NPP is contesting only 53 of 60 seats without the BJP as its ally and the party’s plans to expand its base in the Northeast.
Counting in the three states will be held on March 3.
Elections to the 60-member Meghalaya assembly are due in the first half of this year as the term of the present assembly expires on March 6.
Shullai joined the BJP recently after being removed as the president of Nationalist Congress Party for anti-party activities.
Celestine Lyngdoh has replaced D.D. Lapang.
While Assam had a woman chief minister in 1980, quite a few legislative assemblies of the northeastern states had ended their term without having a single woman MLA.
A roundup of this week’s news from the northeast.
While Meghalaya’s ancient culture empowers indigenous women with land ownership, legal protections to own and manage property are missing.
‘Beef Ban Bashing Banquet’ in Mizoram; Meghalaya Passes Resolution Opposing Centre’s Cattle Sale Ban
The Centre’s ban affects the livelihoods of 5.7 lakh people in Meghalaya who are all engaged in cattle-rearing.
The National People’s Party, the BJP’s ally in the Northeast, has written to Narendra Modi asking that he de-notify the recent directive banning cattle trade for slaughter.
The state BJP leader Bernard Marak said that the party would instead regulate the price of beef and other meats to make it more affordable for the poor.
A 29-year-old researcher Parveen Farzana Absar discovered a new species of cave-dwelling crabs in one of Meghalaya’s many natural caves.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma has questioned whether the BJP is attempting to marginalise the minority Christian community.
Given previous cases, the Centre’s decision to remove (or not) governors after allegations of cognisable offences seems to depend on their political leanings.
BJP functionaries have blamed ‘vested interests’ for the allegations of sexual harassment against the former governor, saying he was targeted for his ‘anti-conversion work’.
Shanmuganathan has denied the allegation and has said it could be driven by “vested interests”.
Forced to cancel a major cultural event, the Thadou have been made to feel like outsiders in their own country.
The coal market in the region, which saw hope after the Supreme Court recently allowed transportation of coal from the mines of Meghalaya, is facing fresh hardship post demonetisation.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast
Will NEDA be able to put together enough political will needed to resolve the long pending border issues between the states?
The huge logistical exercise entails shifting of over 2,000 troops and support staff, setting up of communications and border signals, residential logistics and transportation of heavy vehicles, weapons and artillery from Meghalaya to Arunachal Pradesh.
Why is the state relying on this colonial and draconian act when there are many other ways to deal with terrorists?