SHILLONG, Jul 25:A day after the United Democratic Party (UDP) wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to hold simultaneous by-polls in Ranikor and South Tura, on Wednesday the Congress also wrote to it on the same issue.
The letter by the two parties comes in the wake of announcement of by-election to the South Tura on August 23. However the ECI is yet to announce date for the by-poll to Ranikor seat.
In the letter to the ECI, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said that it is the responsibility of the ECI to fill up the “casual vacancies” of both the Legislative Assembly Constituencies simultaneously.
“Holding two different schedules for election to fill the two casual vacancies will, without any doubt, provide undue advantage to the party in the Government and will therefore defeat the spirit of free and fair election,” MPCC general secretary Waibha K Kyndiah said in the letter to the ECI.
The MPCC pointed out that Ranikor Legislative Assembly Constituency fell vacant much earlier than South Tura Legislative Assembly Constituency.
It may be pointed out that Ranikor seat fell vacant on June 21 when former legislator Martin M Danggo quit the seat as well as the Congress to join the National People’s Party (NPP).
Meanwhile, the South Tura seat fell vacant on July 2, when Agatha K Sangma resigned from the Meghalaya Assembly to pave way for the election of her bother and Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma.