Shillong: Political parties in Meghalaya are in the thick of election campaigning for the upcoming by-polls to the three assembly constituencies.

Among them is Independent candidate Esron Marweiñ who is vying to be elected from the Mawryngkneng constituency.

Marweiñ, who is contesting for the first time, said he was confident and that his campaign rallies had witnessed a good turnout.

“I had never planned to contest but after the push made by the public and religious leaders, who have asked me to take part, that’s when I decided to contest. They told me that the common people like my work culture and personality. It’s not about the money,” Marweiñ said.

Asked about his agenda, Marwein said that he follows the “five fingers concept” — health, education, livelihood, social and empowerment.

“In Mawryngkneng, 80-90% of the people are farmers. So my top priority is farming, to lift the farmers to that extent so that their livelihood will be upgraded and there will be opportunities for them,” the independent candidate said.

The other candidates eyeing the Mawryngkneng seat are NPP candidate Pyniaid Syiem, Congress’ Highlander Kharmalki and three independent candidates Arbiangkam Kharsohmat, Norbert Marboh and Marweiñ.

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