The Congress party, on 30 June, won the by-poll elections for the Chokpot assembly constituency, in Meghalaya, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D Marak of National People’s Party by 2,550 votes.
Chief electoral officer Prashant Naik said, Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-poll was announced, secured 8,042 votes, while Phillipole got 5492 votes.
Around 83% voters of the 24,244 electorate turned up for the Chokpot by-poll, which was held on Saturday.
The by-election took place after the death of Garo National Council legislator Clifford R Marak this year.
Marak’s wife, Kalpana D Sangma, got 5,009 votes, while independent candidate Tinkerwin R Marak received 1,189 votes; 424 voters opted for the ‘None Of The Above’ category.
“With the Congress party winning the Chokpot by-poll shows that people of Meghalaya have faith in the party ,” said Congress general secretary in-charge, Meghalaya, V Narayansammy.
In the 60-member legislature, the Congress has 30 seats – one short of a majority. The opposition Meghalaya People’s Front is made up of eight United Democratic Party legislators—two from National People’s Party and two independents.
The Hill State People’s Democratic Party, which has four members, is not part of the Meghalaya People’s Front.