PN Syiem: UDP & HSPDP should be party of PDF in district council

SHILLONG, Mar 14: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Pynshngain N Syiem on Wednesday said that opposition members from the United Democratic Party (UDP) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) should work together in the council.

It may be pointed out that the UDP and HSPDP are part of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition government.

“When they (UDP and HSPDP) are part of the MDA how is it that in the KHADC they will work with the Congress,” Syiem told media persons after a meeting of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) held in the party office in the city.

It may be mentioned that the ruling coalition in the KHADC is christened People Democratic Forum (PDF) which comprises mainly of members belonging to the newly floated PDF party besides NPP, a lone BJP member and Independents.

On Tuesday there were reports that certain Members of District Council (MDCs), proposed the name of Nongstoin, MDC and present Chairman of the KHADC, Goodleaderson Nongsiej as their next CEM.

These MDCs also wanted to change the name of the coalition in the district council.

When asked whether there is a possibility of changing the name of the ruling coalition in the district council, Syiem said, “Yes, we can do that but only after the matter is being discussed with all the partners.”

The MDCs of the opposition in the district council like the UDP, HSPDP and Congress have drawn their daggers against Syiem alleging misuse over the implementation of the centre’s special assistance grant.