SHILLONG, JUNE 06: For former chief minister, Dr Donwa Dethwelson Lapang, the forthcoming Assembly elections will be the last chapter of his political career after a journey of 45 years.
The 84-year-old veteran Congress leader said that he is all gearing up to fight the upcoming election from Nongpoh constituency but it will be his last.
“This will be my last chapter. I hope to win (serve the people for another five years) and then depart from this field,” Lapang told reporters here.
Asked whether he would still want to take the post of the chief minister, he however said, “I have never been a slave to the chair.”
Lapang, who is presently heading the MPCC, became the MLA from Nongpoh in 1972 when he first contested as an independent candidate.
He lost the Assembly election from Nongpoh only once, in 1993.
He was also a four time chief minister of Meghalaya. Lapang first became the chief minister in 1992. He was again sworn in as CM in 2003 and in 2007. He became chief minister for a fourth time on May 13, 2009 after the state was under President’s Rule for 2 months.