INC regains lead in Tura, VPP holds strong in Shillong

In Shillong, the Voice of the People Party (VPP) holds a commanding lead, challenging the three-time MP Congress’s Vincent H. Pala and ruling NPP’s Ampareen Lyngdoh. Meanwhile, in Tura, INC’s Saleng A. Sangma makes significant strides ahead of ruling NPP’s Agatha Sangma.

The Voice of the People Party (VPP) is surging ahead in the electoral battleground of Shillong, holding a commanding lead of over 180,000 votes as of 11 a.m. This significant lead challenges the three-time MP Congress’s Vincent H. Pala and the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)’s Ampareen Lyngdoh. Meanwhile, in the Tura constituency, INC’s Saleng A. Sangma is making significant strides, advancing past ruling NPP’s Agatha Sangma by over 100,000 votes.

Meghalaya’s General Elections, held on April 19, saw an impressive voter turnout of 76.60%, marking a notable increase from previous years. The battle in Meghalaya primarily revolves around the contest between the NPP, allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Indian National Congress (INC)-led INDIA alliance.

In Shillong’s 36 Assembly seats, the incumbent MP Vincent Pala (INC) faces a fierce challenge from NPP candidate and Meghalaya Cabinet Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh. Similarly, in Tura, the contest pits Chief Minister’s sister and former Union Minister, Agatha Sangma (NPP), against INC candidate Saleng A. Sangma. The All India Trinamool Congress has also entered the fray with former sports minister Zenith Sangma, brother of former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

The VPP, a new entrant in Meghalaya’s political arena, has seen a remarkable rise since its inception before the 2023 Assembly elections. Their community-based approach resonates strongly among the Khasi and Jaintia Hills populace.

The stakes are high in Meghalaya, with the outcome potentially marking a historic moment if the ruling NPP secures victory, making it India’s first state with all-women Members of Parliament in more than one Lok Sabha seat.