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Posted on Nov 15, 06:43PM | UNI
The 2013 Assembly elections in the Meghalaya is all set to become a fight for businessmen to get entry into the 'august' House as more and more of their tribe throwing their hat into the ring.
Already, around ten of these wealthiest citizens of the State have declared their intention to contest the upcoming elections all with one agenda - 'to serve the people'.
Construction magnate from Jaintia Hills Ngaitlang Dhar is seeking Congress ticket to contest from Umroi constituency in Ri-Bhoi district.
Mr Dhar whose brother Sniawbhalang Dhar is the sitting Congress candidate from Nangbah-Wahiajer, has already made the ground work for the election.
He is pitted against sitting Umroi legislator Stanley Wiss Rymbai in the race for Congress ticket although sources said he would not back out even if he loses the ticket.
Mr Dhar, who owns the Dhar Brothers Constructions, is a well known contractor who has executed several major road projects in the state.
Another billionaire in the ring is Nehlang Lyngdoh who is seeking Congress ticket from Umsning constituency.
Mr Lyngdoh presently is the Congress legislator from Rymbai constituency and is one of the richest coal barons of Jaintia Hills district.
Another cash rich candidates in the race for is Wallambok Mylliemngap who will contest from Jirang constituency.
Mr Mylliemngap whose business interests range from automobiles to food grains is the son of prominent businessman Modrick Nongkynrih.
While he is trying hard for Congress ticket, he may not be sucessful in his effort as Congress MP Vincent Pala is reportedly backing another aspirant, Barnabas Nangbah.
In East Khasi Hills district too, a number of wealthy candidates are trying their luck for the upcoming Assembly polls.
Prominent among them is Mohindro Rapsang who is likely to get Congress ticket to contest from Shillong West constituency.
Mr Rapsang is known for his big business empire ranging from real estate to food grains. His main contender for the polls is United Democratic Party (UDP) working president Paul Lyngdoh.
Another debutant in the battle of the rich is Banteidor Lyngdoh popularly known as Paidang.
This prominent construction contractor both in the State and Central government departments is fighting for Congress ticket to contest from Mawkynrew constituency.
Similarly, Leston Wanswett, a leading exporter is also in the race for Congress ticket from Shella constituency. It is unclear if he will get the ticket.
Another prominent exporter and coal baron Khraw Kupar Jyrwa will contest the polls from Mawsynram constituency on UDP ticket.
Mr Jyrwa has a big coal exporting business in Borsora area of the state.
In West Khasi Hills too, the picture is no different. Kimfa Marbaniang, a rich businessman whose family owns the Hyndai car dealership in Meghalaya will contest from Rambrai-Jyrngam constituency.
Like others, he is also seeking Congress ticket. Two first class PWD contractors are also in the race from the district.
They are H Brolding Nongsiej who will contest from Mawthadraishan constituency on UDP ticket and Renik Lyngdoh, the NPP candidate from Mawkyrwat.