SHILLONG, July 05: The regional alliance of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) is likely to announce its list of candidates for the upcoming 2018 polls sometime in the month of August next as was informed by UDP chief, Donkupar Roy on Wednesday.
“By August, we will announce the list of our candidates,” UDP chief Donkupar Roy said on Wednesday.
The UDP and HSPDP have decided to jointly fight the upcoming state election from the 36 assembly seats in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills region to ensure a non-Congress government in the state is formed in 2018.
Roy, who is also heading the alliance as chairman, said that seat-sharing arrangement between the two parties is nearing completion except for few constituencies, which they are yet to come to an understanding.
Earlier, the Central Executive Committee (CEC), an apex deciding body of the UDP, had announced that all sitting legislators will continue to be the official candidates of the party. The UDP has eight MLAs in the 60-member House.
Asked on whether this decision still stands in view of the alliance forged with the HSPDP, Roy said, “Yes, we will stick to the party decision except if some of the sitting legislators decide otherwise.”
Meanwhile, the UDP has also decided to invite the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) to be part of the regional alliance.
“We have decided to appeal to the KHNAM to join the regional alliance and we are waiting for their response,” he said.
Asked whether they would also extend the same invitation to the People Democratic Front (PDF), a new regional party allegedly floated by suspended congress member PN Syiem, Roy however said, “We are yet to be clear with the PDF. I thought that Syiem is the president but it turns out to be otherwise.”
The UDP chief also said that actually they do not want to see the emergence of too many regional political parties as this will only be a disadvantage for the state.
On the pre-poll alliance with the Garo National Council (GNC) for the 24 seats in Garo Hills region, Roy said that the process of seat adjustment is also on the verge of completion. “Now only eight seats are left before we finalize the entire process,” he said.
Reacting to a query, he however said that the UDP is not proposing to have any alliance with the National People’s Party (NPP). “This is because they (NPP) have expressed that having an alliance may affect them in the upcoming election,” Roy added.