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By Our Reporter, TNT news | Shillong, Feb 22, 2018:
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will organised a mass gathering in Williamnagar on Friday to decide on the name of a probable candidate who will represent the constituency in place of Late Johnathone N Sangma, who was recently killed in the IED attack along with three others.
According to the party working president Vijay Raj, the party is bestowing the power on the people to decide on the name of the candidate who will be taking up late Johnathone's place. "The people will select the candidate tomorrow at a big gathering which will be held in Williamnagar," Raj told reporters here on Thursday.
It may be mentioned that election in Williamnagar has been postponed by the Election Commission following the death of Johnathone on Feb 18 and the polling date is yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the party feels that Johnatone's place should be replaced by none other than his wife though they said that the decision now lies with her.
"There are chances that John's wife will contest the election on a party ticket. We feel she should contest but it is up to her. We know it is not the right time to push her but due to time constraint, we had to convey the message to her," Raj said.
It may be reminded that Johnathone Sangma, an NCP candidate from Williamnagar was killed in an IED bomb attack, planted by suspected GNLA militants at Samanda block in Williamnagar while he and his supporters were returning from a local village on February 18.
His death sparked anger across the state with people coming out in large number to condemn the brutal killing o Johnathone and three others while calling upon the concerned authorities to ensure that justice is served and that security of the people and their candidates is not compromised at any cost.
It may mentioned that political parties in the state including the NCP had demanded for an NIA probe into the death of Johnathone even as they (NCP) termed his death as a 'political murder' and sought proper investigation to bring to light the politico-militants nexus in Garo Hills.