UDP’s lack of resources and Congress’ abuse of resources let to party’s poor show

SHILLONG, Mar 24: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Saturday said that the party’s meager resources and Congress’ abuse of resources (money) let to the regional party’s poor showing in the recent concluded Meghalaya Assembly elections.

“There was abuse of money power by the Congress. In many constituencies the party bought voters through inducements,” UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh told reporters after the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party.

“Various government schemes were misused by the then Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma. Which turned into election sops,” Lyngdoh alleged.

The UDP working president also explained that when he termed the party had “meager resources”, he meant that certain candidates did not have enough funds even to set up an office while the Congress used money to influence the outcome of the polls.

Lyngdoh a three time-MLA, was defeated by Mohendro Rapsang of the Congress from West Shillong said that authorities could not check the use of money.

“Police were more concern at checking the erecting of party flags but could not control the flow of cash,” he added.

Trying to put the behind the debacle of the party in the Assembly polls, Lyngdoh said that the UDP from now on will aggressively push its agenda.

“We will no longer concentrate on constituency centric issues but issues concerning the state will be of utmost importance to us,” the UDP working president said.

He also informed that the party has formed a core committee to study into the issue of pre-poll alliance with the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) in Khasi-Jaintia Hills region and with the Garo National Council (GNC) in Garo Hills region.

It may be mentioned that the UDP-HSPDP-GNC alliance was christened as Regional Democratic Alliance.

“This core committee will objectively assess how much the UDP was able to gain from the alliance or whether the party loss due to this alliance,” Lyngdoh said.

He also informed that with the upcoming MDC and MP elections in mind the party has formed a committee.

Lyngdoh said that this committee will “plan, strategise and coordinate”.

He informed that the members of the committee are, Lyngdoh as the chairman, MLAs, Jemino Mawthoh, Bindo M Lanong, Alantry F Dkhar as members.