TURA, Sep 13: Newly inducted member of United Democratic Party (UDP) and contestant for South Tura for the upcoming elections, Pallab D Arengh has asserted that the party would come out as a strong force in 2018.
“The party has been digging into the grass root in Garo Hills and the efforts are visible. The MDC election in 2015 is a precursor to the MLA elections and we are sure this base is going to prove vital in the upcoming elections,” said Arengh after a meeting of party members in Tura on Wednesday.
Though the UDP did not win any seat from the Garo Hills region, the party performed strongly increasing its base considerably, coming 2nd or 3rd in most seats it contested.
When asked about his reasons for joining the party, Arengh said, “The party has had a history of clean politics and has been one that has moved the state forward. It is also a regional party which understands the people of the state and there is no communal feeling within the party. The party belongs to the state of Meghalaya and its agenda is development and peace within the state. “
Arengh formally joined the UDP on August 24 last in Tura and was in the list of first candidates given party tickets to contest the upcoming MLA elections after a meeting in Shillong on September 7. He is the grandson of former Dalu MLA, late Kamal Ranjan Bhowmick.
“We have seen the decline of Congress for quite some time now all over the country. On the other hand the BJP is seen as an alienating force for the people of the state. This makes UDP the natural choice for me,” he added.
Party working president (youth), Utzol Sangma who was also a part of the meeting hit out at the NPP over allegations of corruption in the GHADC on the Rs 100.71 crores provided as special plan assistance (SPA) by the centre.
“People have lost trust in the NPP as it has failed to properly implement the SPA as per provisions set. It has also neglected the employees of the Council, whose struggle has just got harder due to over 1 years salary being due. This has to be rectified and we blame both the NPP led EC as well as current Congress one for the neglect shown towards the employees. I challenge them to try and live without money for 2 months to feel what the employees are going through,” said Sangma.