Do MPs from the Northeast Have Enough of a Say in Parliament?
Camerapersons: Brendon Marwein, Febbard Lyngdoh
Video Editor: Abhishek Sharma
India’s northeast has eight states and together they send 25 members of parliament to the Lok Sabha. Out of these 25, 14 MPs are voted in from Assam while the remaining 11 come from the other 7 states.
But are these parliamentarians really heard in Parliament? Do they make any real difference to the business in the Lok Sabha?
To find out, The Quint travelled to Shillong for a chaupal with the students of St Anthony’s college.
Most students felt that the MPs from the Northeast are not adequately heard even in Parliament.
Most students, though they were satisfied with the education infrastructure until the graduate level, felt they would need to move out to pursue higher studies.
But their biggest concern was the scarcity of jobs in the Northeast.
Meghalaya votes on 11 April for the two Lok Sabha seats. One of the most high-profile contests in the Northeast is in the Tura Lok Sabha constituency. In Tura, former Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma is up against former MP and late PA Sangma’s daughter Agatha Sangma. Agatha is from NPP.