SHILLONG, Oct 31: The United Democratic Party (UDP) has projected former legislator Jemino Mawthoh as their choice of candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Mawthoh’s candidature was decided after a deliberation among the UDP leaders which was held at the official residence of its president, Dr Donkupar Roy.
Although the UDP has projected Mawthoh as their candidate for the Lok Sabha polls, his candidature will have to be okayed by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) partners.
Informing this to waiting media persons, UDP vice president, Allantry F Dkhar said, “We will project his candidature to the MDA
partners to accept him as the common candidate.”
It may be mentioned that apart from Mawthoh, Paul Lyngdoh another former MLA had projected himself as the party’s candidate for the Lok Sabha polls.
It may be mentioned that the MDA coordination committee which met on October 29 to decide on a common candidate was inconclusive.
The MDA government was formed by six political parties which comprised
of the NPP, UDP, PDF, HSPDP, BJP, NCP and Independents.
When asked if the MDA would accept Mawthoh as the coalition’s common
candidate, Dkhar sounding optimistic said that the UDP was “hopeful”.
The UDP, general secretary also said that by urging the NPP and other partners to accept Mawthoh as the coalition’s common candidate the party did not snatch anyone’s right to put up their own candidates.
“We believe in democracy, we subscribe to democratic practices and democratic principles,” Dkhar said.