SHILLONG, Jan 11: The United Democratic Party (UDP) chief Donkupar Roy on Thursday expressed confidence that the regional alliance will form the new government in the state after the upcoming Assembly polls.
“We (UDP) are expecting to do well because this time around even in Garo Hills we have organised the party in a better way,” Roy told reporters at the sidelines of the UDP rally held at Malki ground here in the city on Thursday.
It may be mentioned that the UDP has forged a pre-poll alliance with the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region and with the Garo National Council (GNC) in the Garo Hills region.
So far, the UDP has announced as many as 34 candidates while its alliance partner the HSPDP with 13 candidates and GNC with only 5 candidates who will be contesting from the 52 seats in the upcoming state elections.
According to the UDP chief, the party will be announcing some more candidates very soon.
Roy, who also represents Shella constituency, said UDP has put up “good candidates” this time around and also formed primary units in almost all the seats in Garo Hills region and also frontal units of the party like the youth wings and the women’s wings.
Explaining the reason for the confidence in the regional alliance, he said the ruling Congress is on the down swing and the regional alliance is on the upward trend.
Highlighting the alliance’s priorities if voted to power, the UDP chief said that the alliance will give priority to important infrastructures like the roads and the power sector.
He also said that the alliance will also look into the mining sector which according to him is now in “problem”.
Apart from the issue of coal mining, Roy said that the regional alliance will also look into the problems faced by those people involved in limestone mining.