SHILLONG, April 18: The withdrawing of support by the United Democratic Party (UDP) to the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led Executive Committee (EC) has been made to weaken the MDCs in the coalition as it fears the outcome of the 2018 state polls, according to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Pynshngain N Syiem.
“The decision to withdraw support to the PDF is a political agenda of the UDP because many of the MDCs in the ruling will give a tough fight to its leaders in 2018,” Syiem said here on Tuesday.
He also pointed out that in the said 2018 elections, BJP MDC Neil Antonio War will be contesting against UDP senior working president Bindo M Lanong from East Shillong constituency, Independent MDC Latiplang Kharkongor against UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh from Nongthymmai constituency and Independent MDC Bantei Lyngdoh against sitting MLA Remington Pyngrope from Mawkynrew constituency.
On Monday, the UDP had asked its six MDCs to pull out from the ruling People Democratic Forum (PDF) led by Syiem for its alleged involvement in corruption practices.
“Because of this threat, the UDP by withdrawing support on baseless ground of corruption aims at weakening the ruling PDF and its members for their own benefits,” Syiem said.
Syiem also informed that the EC has already dealt with the alleged corruption practices by constituting the magisterial inquiry and House Committee which is now pending for investigation and action by the police.
Syiem also said that he will not drop any of the UDP MDCs from the present EC as he had invited them to work with the PDF.
Alleging that the decision to withdraw support to the PDF was made by UDP MLAs and not its MDCs, Syiem said, “Is Bindo going to contest the MLA or MDC elections? What was seen is that the UDP MLAs are taking more interest on issues relating to the KHADC. In fact it is their MDCs who should have withdraw their support had there really was corruption in the EC.”
This withdrawing of support however will have no effect on the PDF, according to Syiem who claims that the coalition is intact. He also ruled out the possibility of Administrator’s Rule in the KHADC while pointing out that the EC can only be removed by a No Confidence Motion.