Conrad for CM causes ripples in HSPDP UDP alliance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 05: The decision taken by the United Democratic Party (UDP) to propose the National President of the National People’s Party (NPP), Conrad Sangma as the next Chief Minister of Meghalaya has not gone down well with the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).
Slamming its alliance partner, the HSPDP said on Monday that the UDP had taken this decision unilaterally.

An emergent meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the HSPDP was convened on Monday after which, party chief, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit has expressed the party’s strong stance for the formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP government.
Basaiawmoit also pointed out that the NPP can still muster the numbers to form the government even if it does not take the BJP and the Congress on board.
“We have met the leadership of the UDP and expressed our disappointment and disagreement as far as the proposal made for the chief ministerial candidate which was taken unilaterally (by the UDP) without consulting us its partner alliance,” Basaiawmoit said.
On Sunday, the NPP had submitted a list of 34 MLAs, including those from the BJP, UDP, HSPDP, PDF and an Independent, to Governor Ganga Prasad staking claim to form the next government in the state.
The former Nongkrem legislator, who was defeated in the just concluded Assembly polls also said that the party is of the view that it is not the job of the RDA to decide who will be the leader in the NPP-led government.
“We did not expect the UDP will propose the name of Conrad Sangma without consulting the HSPDP. But it is not the job of the alliance to advice who will be CM as it is the duty of the NPP to elect the leader,” he said.
Maintaining the HSPDP is not against Conrad, Basaiawmoit however said, “We would like to see that an elected MLA of the NPP should be the chief minister especially when the party itself had announced the name of Prestone Tynsong earlier for the post.”
“It will be a betrayal to the people of Meghalaya if Prestone Tynsong is not made CM because openly they made a statement that he is their CM candidate and on that basis he (Tynsong) left the Congress to become CM of the state,” he said.
He also said that Tynsong himself in his campaigning during the elections had told the people that he will be the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the HSPDP has also expressed its opposition against the inclusion of the BJP in the government while arguing that there is a possibility of the NPP to form the government without the saffron party.
“We have expressed our reservation in as far as the BJP is concerned because the stand of the HSPDP since day one is to ensure formation of a non-BJP and non-Congress government in the state,” Basaiawmoit said.
Stating that his party is not willing to be part of any government that includes the BJP, the HSPDP chief said, “This is because we see that there is a possibility for the NPP along with the RDA, PDF and others to have a non-BJP government in the state.”
Reminding that the present situation is that no government can be formed without the RDA which has eight MLAs (UDP-6 and HSPDP-2), he said that the party therefore prefers to have a government led by NPP along with RDA and PDF.
“Minus the BJP and the Congress, we still have 32 MLAs from the NPP, RDA and PDF, so where is the question of instability?” he asked.
Basaiawmoit informed that the UDP is still considering the matter and will intimate the HSPDP about its decision very soon.
“Since the UDP has assured to discuss this with its members before taking a call, it would be too early for us to say that our partner has betrayed but we will say now it is just a mistake by not consulting us,” he said.


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