SHILLONG, Jan 08: Holding a joint rally to garner support for the alliance’s candidate, United Democratic Party (UDP) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Monday said they will ensure that Congress does not come back to power in the upcoming Assembly polls.
Mentionably, UDP and HSPDP have forged a pre-poll alliance for the upcoming state Assembly polls.
Monday’s rally was held at Mawlai constituency to seek support for UDP’s sitting legislator Embhahlang Syiemleih here, which was also to kick start the alliance’s election campaign.
“We will ensure that the Congress especially the regime under the present chief minister Mukul Sangma does not come back to power,” UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh said at the rally.
Stating that the Congress has ruled the state for more than 35 years, he said, “But it has failed miserably to live up to the expectations of the people of the state.”
Prominent leaders attending rally included HSPDP chief Adent Miller Basaiawmoit, UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh among others.
Further taking a dig at the Congress, the UDP working president said that the Congress is in complete disarray as some of its legislators are about to go jail while others are leaving it to join other political parties.
Lyngdoh also urged those present to vote for Syiemlieh, the sitting legislator from Mawlai, since it was certain that the regional alliance would capture power after the assembly polls.
Also addressing at the rally, HSPDP chief and Nongkrem legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit stressed on the need for regional parties to have an understanding to dethrone the Congress from state.
According to him, the pre-poll alliance forged between the UDP and the HSPDP is a step towards a possible unification of the regional forces in the state.
Asserting that the aim of the regional alliance is to root out corruption if it comes to power, he said, “In the present Congress-led government, all contract works is done by the MLAs themselves therefore contractors are being deprived of their share.”
“If our government comes to power we will revitalize the crippling economy of the state so that infrastructure can be provided in the government run hospitals,” Basaiawmoit added.
The HSPDP chief further appealed to the electorates of Mawlai, which is the biggest constituency in the state, not to be misled by politicians who are using money power during elections.
Comparing the election of a legislator to that of looking for a soul mate, Basaiawmoit said, “We need to be careful while electing a legislator as it is like searching for a life partner where if one makes mistake then it will be a lifetime of miseries.”
Sitting UDP legislator from Mawlai, Syiemlieh who also spoke on the occasion, accused the present Congress-led government of holding festivals under various names.
Syiemlieh also hit out at Mawlai MDC, PT Sawkmie for saying that the UDP legislator was inexperienced.
“Yes I am not experienced to indulge in corruption. But you are very experienced at it,” Syiemlieh said while hitting back at the Mawlai MDC.