UDP to fulfill aspirations of departed leader

SHILLONG, Jul 29: Senior regional party leader and United Democratic Party (UDP) working president, Bindo M Lanong on Monday said that his party will go ahead and fulfill the aspiration of their leader Dr Donkupar Roy.

Speaking to media persons after the condolence meeting of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition, Lanong said, “The UDP, a partner in the MDA government we will go a head in his memory, in his wish, in his commitment that regional government and regionalism should continue and this government has to go on with more strength and dedication for the good of the state and the people.”

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that during the MDA meeting the partners really felt and realised that they have a mission in front of them.

“It is leaders like Dr Donkupar Roy in subtle manners how they used to talk to us. And so it has really motivated us in one way and reinforced our desire to ensure that we complete all those visions and tasks and the goals that are our leader Dr Roy had,” the Chief Minister added.

Meanwhile, Minister in the MDA cabinet and UDP legislator, Metbah Lyngdoh said that the demise of Dr Roy is a huge loss not only for the party but the state as a whole.

The Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA), the pre-poll alliance of the UDP and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) also condoled the death of the Speaker of Meghalaya Assembly.

According to RDA chairman, Renikton Tongkhar, said that in his death the leaders should not lose hope but follow the footsteps of Dr Roy.

“As a regional leader his vision was is unify the regional forces of the state and the emergence of the RDA is a way forward,” Tongkhar said.

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