UDP wants BJP out of the MDA

SHILLONG, Feb 25: The single largest ally of the National People’s Party (NPP) the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) has reiterated that it wanted the BJP out of the coalition.

UDP, vice-president Allantry F Dkhar on Monday said that soon after the results of the two autonomous district council polls on March 2, the MDA partners will meet wherein this demand will be made.

When pointed out that the UDP is the “kingmaker” and had the option to leave the NPP and align with the Congress, Dkhar said, “We made him (Conrad Sangma) king it is his prerogative to take a call (on dropping the BJP from the alliance).”

When reminded that the BJP had a big role in sewing up the alliance after the assembly elections last year, the UDP vice-president said that the BJP on their part was shrewd in demonstrating to the world that it played a significant part and in the “melee” of government formation the regional parties did not take note of it.

He also said that the claim of the Congress that the UDP were agents of the BJP is false and it never had any political arrangement with the saffron party.

Dkhar claimed that the regional party joined the North East Democratic Alliance at the invitation of the Assam BJP.

“But is was obstinate on the part of the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) to not hear the call of the people of the region on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which led us to a point to severe our ties with the BJP since our own identity is threatened,” Dkhar added.

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