Differences within MDA coalition partners?

SHILLONG, Oct 23: Political differences between the National People’s Party (NPP) and the United Democratic Party (UDP) who are partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition over who gets the right to field a common candidate from the Shillong parliamentary seat for the 2019 Lok Sabha have emerged if media reports is anything to go by.

While the UDP last week during its Central Election Committee (CEC) meet insisted that it candidate should be the “common candidate” of the coalition partners, the NPP said that it came to know of the proposal only through the media.

There were also reports that the NPP offered the UDP the Rajya Sabha seat while the NPP sets up its own candidates from the Shillong and Tura parliamentary seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

However, the issue of having a common candidate is not the first sign of misunderstanding between the coalition partners, the NPP and the UDP, in the state.

The differences between the two parties have been there from day one observers said.

The UDP did not want the party to support the candidature of Prestone Tynsong as Chief Minister of the state who was tipped to lead the NPP legislature party if the party came to power.

The UDP instead proposed the name of Conrad K Sangma who was then a MP.

On the proposal of the UDP for fielding a common candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Shillong seat, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong of the NPP said, there is nothing official yet but have seen it only through media reports.

Earlier, UDP working president Bindo M Lanong had said that there may be instability in the MDA coalition in case there is no consensus among the coalition partners especially the NPP of having a common candidate from the Shillong seat for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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