SHILLONG, April 11: Congress nominee Wansuk Syiem on Thursday created history by becoming the first woman from Meghalaya to be elected as Rajya Sabha MP.
Originally, the Rajya Sabha MP election was schedule to be held on April 18 but as Wansuk was the lone contestant, the result was declared on Thursday.
“As there was no other contestant, the result was declared today (Thursday ) which is the last day for withdrawal of the nomination papers,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said.
“Syiem was elected unopposed as Rajya Sabha member from Meghalaya as she was the lone candidate to file her nomination,” Meghalaya state assembly secretary H. Mylliemngap, who was also the returning officer for the Rajya Sabha by-election told reporters.
Syiem had resigned as member of the National Commission for Women to contest the election.
The opposition Meghalaya People’s Front, did not field any candidate for the by-poll to the vacant seat in Upper House of Parliament.
The by – election in the state was necessitated after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) member Thomas A Sangma resigned from his office earlier this year to contest the February 23 Assembly polls from North Tura on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket. He, however, lost the election. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha on March 26, 2008.
Syiem will serve only the remainder of Sangma’s term, which is till April 12, 2014.