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Meghalaya Polls: NPP’s Ampareen Lyngdoh wins East Shillong fourth time in a row

First Published: 2nd March, 2023 15:35 IST

Ampareen defeated her nearest rival and debutant, IIM Kolkata graduate Manuel Badwar of the Congress

Ampareen Lyngdoh got fourth time lucky. The 3-time MLA and the longest serving woman legislator of Meghalaya, Ampareen, who fought from her home turf of East Shillong won the seat for the fourth time in a row. 

Ampareen, the 58-year-old former Congress veteran, now contesting on a NPP ticket, defeated her nearest rival and debutant, IIM Kolkata graduate Manuel Badwar of the Congress by a margin of 1711 votes. 

Ampareen Lyngdoh got a total of 6,637 votes while 4,926 vote were polled in favour of Manuel Badwar.

Ampareen belongs to a family of veteran politicians of Meghalaya. Her father, Late Peter G Marbaniang was Lok Sabha MP from 1989 to 1996, Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and a Minister in the Government of Meghalaya. Her elder brother Late RG Lyngdoh, was a popular politician and Meghalaya’s home and education minister.  

Ampareen had resigned from the Congress in December 2022 and immediately joined the NPP.

Ampareen’s sister Jasmine too fought the Assembly elections 2023 for the first time against Meghalaya political heavy weights — TMC president and political veteran of the state, Charles Pyngrope and Jemino Mawtoh of UDP from Nongthymmai.

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