For the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections this time, there is a direct contest between the BJP and the NPP. Meghalaya Chief Minister and National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma spoke with EastMojo before casting his vote and spoke about the difference in ideologies and stance for the GHADC elections.
Sangma said, “BJP is a different party. NPP is a different party. We have always fought elections on our own ideologies and our own stance. The election is a different process. But then obviously post the elections, depending on the results and situations, the alliances if necessary are made.”
Voting for 29 constituencies of GHADC across 409 polling stations began at 7 am on Monday. There are a total of 182 candidates in the fray whose fate will be decided by 7,43,717 voters.
Several pressure groups from Meghalaya had called for a three-day bandh across the Garo Hills region opposing the participation of non-tribal in the GHADC elections which failed to put any impact on the voter turn out. However, it must be noted that of the 29 seats in the GHADC, there are many seats in the region having a sizable non-tribal population.