SHILLONG, Sep 08: The former leader of the youth wing of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has formally joined the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) to ensure his candidature in the 2018 state polls from Mylliem constituency.
At the same time, the UDP-Mylliem Circle was also dissolved and replaced by the PDF-Mylliem Circle when all the functionaries and supporters decided to support Dohling’s decision.
Dohling along with his strong supporters were welcomed at a meeting held at Umlyngka Community Hall by the PDF chief Ivanlumlang Marbaniang, former KHADC chief Hispreaching Son Shylla and MDC James Ban Basaiawmoit, here on Friday.
The former Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) general secretary will be contesting against the sitting Congress legislator and cabinet minister Ronnie V Lyngdoh and sitting HSPDP MDC Teilinia Thangkhiew from Mylliem constituency.
Dohling had recently resigned from the UDP in protest against the decision of the party to support Thangkhiew.
Mylliem was declared as a reserved seat for the HSPDP as part of seat arrangement finalized by the pre-poll alliance forged by the two regional political parties (UDP-HSPDP) for contesting the upcoming elections from 36 assembly seats in Khasi-Jaintia Hills region.
However, Dohling, who has expressed his confidence on winning the seat on a PDF ticket, said that the leaders and supporters from Mylliem where never kept in the loop about the decision of the UDP to have a pre-poll alliance with the HSPDP.
He said that they have also opposed the decision to UDP-HSPDP alliance to reserve the Mylliem seat for the HSPDP. “Now, the leaders and supporters have merged with PDF, they are committed to work hard and ensure that the PDF wins from Mylliem constituency,” he said.
Stating that both the sitting MLA and MDC of the constituency have failed miserably to deliver, Dohling said that both have been unable to address the hardships faced by the people of the area.
“The sitting legislator Ronnie V Lyngdoh has also failed to distribute the MLA schemes for the year 2013 to 2016 which is to the tune of Rs 7 crore. The move to release the schemes this year is just to fool the people before elections,” he alleged.