Ampareen Lyngdoh

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Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh
Member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
Member, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
In office
Constituency East Shillong
Cabinet Minister Government of Meghalaya
In office
Member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
In office
Cabinet Minister, Government of Meghalaya
In office
Member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Personal details
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Congress
Other political
United Democratic Party (2008-09)
Children 3
Parents Peter G. Marbaniang, Q.E. Lyngdoh
Residence Laitumkhrah Shillong
Education M.A Ph.D.
Alma mater Loreto Convent, Shillong, Jesus & Mary College, Jamia Milia Islamia, North Eastern Hill University

Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh is an Indian politician from the state of Meghalaya. She has served as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Meghalaya. She is a member of the 10th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly representing the East Shillong Constituency. She is a leader of the Indian National Congress.

Early Life & Family[edit]

Ampareen Lyngdoh was born in Shillong. She is the daughter of Peter G. Marbaniang, a former Member of Parliament and Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.[1] Her brother, Robert Garnett Lyngdoh was a member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly who also served as the Home Minister in the State Government. She is married and has three children.


She completed her school education at Loreto Convent, Shillong. She completed her under-graduation in English at the Jesus and Mary College,.[2] She graduated from Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi with a master's degree in Mass Communication . In 2013, Ampareen Lyngdoh earned a Ph.D. from the North Eastern Hill University. The title of her thesis was Influence of Media on Public Opinion During The Periods of Social Unrest: A Study of Meghalaya.[3] President Pranab Mukherjee presented her with her degree at the convocation.

Early Career[edit]

Ampareen Lyngdoh was a professor of Mass Communications at St. Anthony's College, Shillong before joining active politics.

Political career[edit]

She started her political career as a member of the Indian Youth Congress, and was closely involved in the election campaigns of her father, Peter G. Marbaniang and her brother Robert G. Lyngdoh before joining active politics. They were both leaders of the Indian National Congress.

United Democratic Party[edit]

She joined the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 2008 after the Indian National Congress refused to give her a ticket to contest the 2008 state Assembly elections.[4] When the UDP gave her an election ticket; 44 members of UDP resigned in protest, because her brother Robert G Lyngdoh was a Congress legislator and the state's education minister at that time. The protestors wanted the party to give ticket to Malcolm B. Tariang, the state president of UDP's youth wing.[5]

As a UDP candidate, she won the 2008 state assembly elections, becoming the only woman MLA in the 8th Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Lyngdoh was elected to the Meghalaya Assembly from the Laitumkhrah constituency, a stronghold of her family from which her father and her brother had been elected earlier. She defeated Malcom B Tariang, who fought the election as an independent candidate.[6]

Rejoining the Indian National Congress[edit]

She met Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, and resigned from UDP and the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on 31 March 2009.[7] She re-joined the Congress; her party rewarding her by making her the state's education minister, although she was no longer a legislator.[4] Her resignation from the Assembly resulted in a by-election, which she won in August 2009. Once again, she defeated Tariang, who fought as a UDP candidate this time.[6]

She was the only female legislator in the Meghalaya Assembly during 2008-2013.[6][8] During these five years, her assets increased by 9000%, from 23,518 to 2,100,000, according to the affidavits she submitted to the Election Commission.[9][10]

Rahul Gandhi appointed her as a secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of the state of Mizoram[11]

She was appointed as President of the Meghalaya chapter of the All India Professionals Congress in August, 2018[12].

Positions in Government[edit]

She has served as a Cabinet Minister (India) in the state Government, holding portfolios like Public Works Department, Information Technology, Information & Communication, Urban Development, Housing, Labour, Education and Tourism. [13][14]

She was the Chairman of the Meghalaya Urban Development Agency while holding the Urban Development portfolio.

Electoral Record[edit]

In 2008 she contested the Laitumkhrah constituency as a UDP candidate, winning her first election to the state assembly.

In 2009 she contested the by-election in the Laitumkhrah constituency as an Indian National Congress candidate, winning again.

In 2013 she contested the East Shillong Constituency, defeating the UDP candidate and former Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong.[8]

In 2018 she contested the East Shillong Constituency, once again winning the seat by defeating her nearest rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party by over 6,000 votes. She also defeated former Deputy Chief Minister Bindo M Lanong of the UDP. [1]

Election Year Party Constituency Result Votes % Votes Source
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly 2008 United Democratic Party Laitumkhrah Won 3,775 34.10% [15][16]
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (by-election) 2009 Indian National Congress Laitumkhrah Won 5,800 54.81% [17]
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly 2013 Indian National Congress East Shillong Won 10,103 62.9% [18]
Meghalaya Legislative Assembly 2018 Indian National Congress East Shillong Won 10,368 [2]


  1. ^ Andrew W. Lyngdoh (31 January 2013). "...Ampareen keeps norm, files papers". The Telegraph. Kolkata. 
  2. ^ "Self-study report 2014" (PDF). Jesus & Mary College. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Department of Library & Information Science: Dr. P. Hangsing". North-Eastern Hill University. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Pre-poll jibe at Ampareen's flip-flop". The Telegraph. Kolkata. 25 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ticket to Cong MLA's sister forces exodus from UDP". Indian Express. 14 November 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c "Cong wins Meghalaya by-poll, humbled in K'taka". 21 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "UDP MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh quits". The Times of India. 2 April 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Poll Results: Congress retains power in Meghalaya". The Hindu Business Line. 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "113 crorepatis in fray for Meghalaya polls". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Manosh Das (4 March 2013). "60% of MLAs 'crorepatis' in Meghalaya". The Times of India. 
  11. ^ "Rahul Gandhi appoints new AICC secretaries". 
  12. ^ "Ampareen to head state unit of Professionals' Cong". The Shillong Times. Retrieved 2018-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Move to reduce slums in Shillong - Education minister sets 10-year target". Kolkata: The Telegraph. 23 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Right to Education by 2012: Meghalaya Education minister". Economic Times. 4 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "17 - Laitumkharah (ST) Assembly Constituency". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "AC Summary: Laitumkharah 2008 Tweet". India Votes. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bye-Election to Legislative Assembly, August, 2009" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "AC Summary: East Shillong 2013". India Votes. Retrieved 22 October 2015.