SHILLONG, Feb 06: The ‘dark horses’ who will emerge after the results of the ensuing Assembly polls are declared will ensure that the next government to be formed in Meghalaya will be led by regional parties, according to United Democratic Party (UDP) leader, Paul Lyngdoh.
Asked for his opinion on how the regional parties will fare in these elections, Lyngdoh said, “We expect to cross the half-way mark and every day we are getting reports which are very encouraging. There will be lots of dark horses who will come out from many constituencies.”
The sitting legislator from West Shillong constituency also said that in these elections, a united regional front is pitted against a fractured ruling Congress.
The UDP has forged a pre-poll alliance with two regional parties – Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP) for 36 seats in Khasi-Jaintia Hills region and Garo National Council (GNC) for 24 seats in Garo Hills region.
“This is for the first time the regional parties are coming together whereas the Congress is witnessing its leaders leaving the party,” Lyngdoh said.
He was referring to the seven legislators who quit the Congress and joined the National People’s Party (NPP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and also formed the newly floated People Democratic Front (PDF).
“However, these are known entities who rebel against the chief minister but our candidates from these constituencies will win,” he claimed.
On the alleged UDP-BJP nexus, the UDP leader said that there has been a deliberate attempt by a few to deflect attention.
According to him, the attention instead should be what he termed as eight years of misrule by the Dr. Mukul Sangma - led government. “But there is an attempt to divert the attention to the BJP which does not even have a single representative in the state Assembly,” Lyngdoh said.
“To say that we have a nexus with the BJP is wrong. The allegation which also comes from a party like the PDF in which the CEM has a member of BJP in his EC, so what else do we need to talk about?” he said.
Reiterating his party’s stand, Lyngdoh said, “It is clear that we have worked hard from the beginning to ensure all regional forces work together. That is why we have forged an alliance with the HSPDP and the GNC.”
“When we have this understanding before the election, we are clear that this alliance will come to power on its own without support of others,” he said.
Clarifying on the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) of which the UDP is a member, Lyngdoh said that the concept of NEDA is a development oriented platform for regional parties of the North East.
“It is not a political platform. Partners in the NEDA are also fighting among themselves. So NEDA is only a development oriented platform where we talk about development between states and the centre,” he said.