Charles Pyngrope

All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) Meghalaya unit president, Charles Pyngrope on January 10 said that he will seek re-election from the Nongthymmai constituency in 2023.

“I have made it very clear that I am a candidate from Nongthymmai and as president of the party, I don’t think anyone can shift me now,” Pyngrope told journalists.

The former assembly speaker was reacting to speculations that were doing the rounds about him likely to contest from Mawryngkneng constituency.

Charles Pyngrope admitted that there were attempts by Congress to shift him to Mawryngkneng.

“I was made to understand that there would have been attempts to ask me to contest from Mawryngkneng but that could be again just someone’s imagination as it was never given to me in black and white,” he said.

In December last year, Pyngrope along with 11 MLAs defected from Congress and joined the AITC.

Assembly speaker Metbah Lyngdoh on December 23, recognized the merger of the 12 MLAs to AITC after examining in detail the petitions filed by the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Ampareen Lyngdoh for their disqualification.

Charles Pyngrope however maintained that none of the family members are also planning to contest from Mawryngkneng, a constituency which was represented by his son David A Nongrum, who passed away on February 2, last year.

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