Conrad with Baljied Synrem
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma with new Shella MLA Baljied Synrem. Image credit - Twitter @SangmaConrad

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has congratulated Balajied Synrem for being elected from Shella constituency and sworn-in as an MLA.

Balajied Synrem took oath as a member of the 10th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on Friday.

Also read: Meghalaya: Balajied Synrem takes oath

Balajied, son of former Meghalaya CM and speaker Donkupar Roy, contested the bypoll on United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.

The bypoll was necessitated as the seat remained vacant after the demise of Donkupar Roy.

Donkupar Roy, who was also the UDP president, represented Shella Assembly seat since 1988 till his death on July 28.

Also read: UDP’s Balajied wins Shella bypoll

Sharing a few pictures with Balajied after his swearing-in as an MLA, Conrad tweeted: “Congratulations Balajied Synrem for being elected and sworn in as Member of the Legislative Assembly.

“Wishing you all the very best as you begin your journey in serving the people.”

In an earlier tweet after the announcement of the bypoll result on Thursday, Conrad said, “I’m certain that Balajied will carry forward the legacy of his father Bah Don and bring development to his constituency.”

UDP is one of the partners in Meghalaya’s coalition government led by the National People’s Party (NPP).

Conrad Sangma-led NPP extended support to Balajied and the party also campaigned for the UDP candidate.

Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh administered the oath of office to Balajied in presence of chief minister Conrad Sangma, other MLAs and his family members.

With Balajied’s election, the Meghalaya State Assembly now has its complete number of 60 members.

With this win, the UDP also has increased its strength to seven from six members in Assembly.

Synrem won the bypoll held on October 21 result of which was declared on Thursday.

Late Donkupar Roy’s cumulative winning margin over the last seven terms in the Assembly polls from 1988 to 2018 was only 3,857.

Whereas his son’s current margin just in one election is 6,221 votes, more than the cumulative winning margin of his father.

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