UDP will remain with the MDA: Donkupar Roy

SHILLONG, Aug 30: United Democratic Party (UDP) chief, Dr Donkupar Roy on Thursday made it clear that his party will remain with the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition.

It may be mentioned that soon after the UDP wrested Ranikor seat from the National People’s Party (NPP), there are speculation that the regional party may have a truck with the Congress.

“There is no such talk in the UDP. What we discuss is, the MDA will become stronger than before, and the MDA will continue till the end of the term, or four or five years plus may be. I do not see any change in the current set up,” Dr Roy who is also the Meghalaya Assembly Speaker said.

As of now the pre-poll alliance of the UDP and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) have ten legislators. The UDP has eight legislators which include one associate member and the HSPDP has two MLAs.

There were also reports that the UDP has asked that gaint-killer Pius Marweiñ be given a Cabinet berth if the coalition wants the Congress to sit in the opposition.

Meanwhile, Dr Roy rejected claims that Marweiñ won because of Congress’ help.

The president of the Ranikor unit of the UDP, Bung Snaitang recently said that Marweiñ’s victory in the by-poll was due to the help rendered by the Congress.

Snaitang had acknowledged Congress’ contribution in the Marweiñ’s victory.

“How can the Congress support the UDP candidate when they have their own candidate in Ranikor? Is that the way Congress supported us by setting up candidate? The Congress got only over 900 votes from the original votes of Danggo,” Dr Roy said.

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