Guwahati: Meghalaya’s Tura Lok Sabha constituency is known to be a bastion of former Lok Sabha Speaker late Puno Agitok Sangma’s family.

PA Sangma, father of Conrad Sangma and Agatha K Sangma, had represented Tura in Lok Sabha for nine terms, winning the seat in 1977, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2014.

Apart from PA Sangma, his daughter Agatha Sangma had won the seat in 2008, 2009 and his son and present Meghalaya chief minister Conrad won the by-election, which was necessitated by the demise of PA Sangma. In 2016, he defeated Dikkanchi D Shira by a margin of over 1.9 lakh votes.

But this time, Conrad -led National People’s Party (NPP), an ally party of the NDA faces a big challenge from another Sangma, Dr Mukul Sangma, former Meghalaya chief minister, who is contesting as a Congress candidate against NPP candidate Agatha.

Agatha had won from Tura Parliamentary constituency in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and served as minister in the UPA-II government.

Agatha had also won the Assembly elections from the South Tura constituency and resigned from the seat to pave away for Conrad to enter in the Meghalaya Assembly.

On the other hand, Mukul Sangma became the chief minister of Meghalaya in 2010 after DD Lapang tendered his resignation. Mukul was again sworn in as the chief minister in 2013.

In this election, Tura recorded 81.20% voter turnout.