United Democratic Alliance formed in KHADC

SHILLONG, Mar 4: The ruling partners in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Monday evening christened its coalition as the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

A meeting held at the official residence of United Democratic Party (UDP) president Dr Donkupar Roy elected incumbent Chief Executive Member (CEM) Teinwell Dkhar of the UDP as the chairman and Pyniaid Sing Syiem of the National People’s Party (NPP) as the secretary of
the UDA.

“We have also proposed the name of Pynshngain N Syiem as the chairman of the KHADC,” Dkhar told media persons after the meeting on Monday evening.

It is expected that Syiem will conduct the House during the trial of strength.

Dkhar, however refused to divulge the details of sharing of the Executive Members (EM) posts among the various constituents of the UDA.

“We have also not finalised to which party the posts of deputy CEM or deputy Chairman would be allotted,” Dkhar said.

Earlier in the day there were speculations that the posts of the deputy CEM would be allotted to Pyniaid Sing Syiem and the KHADC Chairman’s post to Gigur Myrthong.

When asked how sure the coalition partners were that the alliance would last, Dkhar said, “We are committed to last for five years,” even as he added that the frequent change of allegiance in the district council is now a thing of the past.

On Monday the strength of the UDA rose upto 19 with Independent MDC from Nongthymmai, Latiplang Kharkongor joining the coalition.

Those present at the meeting on Monday evening included NPP leader and deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong, UDP chief Dr Donkupar Roy, cabinet ministers, Metbah Lyngdoh and Samlin Malgniang, Nongkrem MLA/MDC Lambor Malgniang, People’s Democratic Front legislator from Umsning – Jason Sawkmie Mawlong and all the elected MLAs of the ruling
alliance.

The Congress, single largest party with 10 seats will sit in the opposition.

In the 30 member House, 29 members are elected and one member is nominated by the ruling side.

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