Shillong: Meghalaya will go to by-elections in two Assembly constituencies on Thursday, which will decide the fate of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Sangma, currently a member of Parliament from Tura, is contesting from the South-Tura seat in West Garo Hills district on ruling National People’s Party (NPP) ticket to enter the state Assembly.

He became the Chief Minister on March 6 with the support of regional parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sangma will be contesting against Congress’ Charlotte W Momin and independents John Leslee K Sangma and Chris Kabul A Sangma. In Ranikor Assembly constituency in South West Khasi Hills district NPP’s Martin M Danggo will face UDP candidate Pius Marwein, PDF chairman P N Syiem and Congress candidate Jackiush Sangma.

According to an election official, South Tura constituency has 30,231 voters — 14,846 men and 15,351 women — in 36 polling stations. The Ranikor constituency has 65 polling stations with 29,685 eligible voters — 15,183 men and 14,487 women.

Voting will take place from 7 am to 5 pm and the counting of votes will be held on August 27.

The by-elections in the two seats have been necessitated following the resignations of former five-time Ranikor MLA Martin M Danggo, who joined the NPP, and MLA of South Tura, Agatha K Sangma to make space for his brother Conrad Sangma.

(With PTI inputs)