NPP, UDP to work together in district council

SHILLONG, Feb 11: The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) will work together to form the Executive Committees (ECs) in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

“We want to keep out both the BJP and the Congress,” UDP working president Bindo M Lanong said.

It may be mentioned that the BJP is not contesting the autonomous district council polls.

The UDP working president, informed that the UDP and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) are already in pre-poll alliance and it prefers to work together with regional parties.

Other regional parties in the fray in the Autonomous District Council (ADC) polls are the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and the People’s Democratic Front (PDF).

On the issue of common candidate for the Lok Sabha election which will be held later in the year, the UDP said that if the regional parties want to defeat Congress and the BJP there was a need to have a “positive mind” and a “spirit of give and take”.

“If all of us fight against each other it will be difficult (to win),” Lanong said.

When asked about the recent statement made by NPP, national president that the party was intending to field candidates in almost all the MP seats in the northeast, the UDP working president stated that the UDP will discuss on the issue.

It may be pointed out that former MLA, Jemino Mawthoh was declared as the common Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) candidate of the UDP from the Shillong seat.

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