THE LONE WINNER
Adelbert Nongrum is the lone winner of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), from the North Shillong Mawkhar constituency, which is looked upon and regarded as the think-tank of intellectuals of the entire Ri Hynniewtrep-land of the Khasi-Pnar region of Eastern Meghalaya . It is here in Mawkhar where many historic institutions exist, such as the Khasi National Durbar, the Seng Khasi, traditional organisation , also being the base of the Christian Presbyterian denomination of Khasi- Jaintia Hills, also having reputed educational institutions and being the hot-bed of political movements, such as the struggle for achieving a separate Hill State, now known as Meghalaya. It was here that many national leaders have addressed lectures in the country’s independence movement. It is here that produced the first ever women Cabinet Minister Kong Mavis Dunn Lyngdoh in the Gopinath Borloloi Ministry of Assam. For the last twenty years Mawkhar had remained a Congress bastion, the last who represented was Kong Roshan Warjri, who did not contest the 2018 elections. It is therefore a credit for KHNAM candidate Adelbert Nongrum to be the lone winner of the party, defeating the Bharitya Janata Party (BJP), candidate, J.A. Lyngdoh, by a narrow margin of 406 votes.