Rajya Sabha election
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The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), a coalition of various political parties, has formed a sub-committee to discuss and finalise a candidate for the election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

After the MDA meeting on Thursday night, which was attended by MLAs of the MDA government, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma told reporters that the meeting discussed certain agendas which include the upcoming budget session of the state Assembly starting on March 13.

Conrad Sangma also said the meeting also decided how to prepare for the budget session as well as putting up a candidate of the ruling MDA government for the Rajya Sabha election.

The Rajya Sabha election will be held on March 26 as the term of the current Rajya Sabha MP from Meghalaya, Wansuk Syiem, will end on April 12.

“All the MLAs and leaders of parties which are part the MDA participated in the discussion about the Rajya Sabha election.”

“After the discussion, we have decided that whatever the case may be, the MDA is united and we will have only one candidate but prior to that, a discussion must take place at different levels,” the CM said.

In order to facilitate the discussion, Conrad Sangma said a sub-committee under the chairmanship of deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong (NPP) is being set up and other members include from the UDP, PDF, NCP, BJP, HSPDP  and Independents.

“Different political parties will have individual meetings in the next two to three days after which, the sub-committee will sit on Monday and take forward the discussion.”

“We are hopeful that by Monday, we should be able to come up with the name of our candidate,” the chief minister said.

When asked about the name of NPP Meghalaya president, WR Kharlukhi, the chief minister said, “Certain names were discussed during the meeting but it is not yet appropriate for me to tell the names now.”

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