SHILLONG, March 13: reacting to a prediction that former Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) president, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit had made, the president of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Dr. Donkupar Roy said that the journey of the UDP will never end.
Basaiawmoit had predicted the end of all regional parties who agree to work with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is a partner in the newly formed MDA government led by the National People’s Party (NPP).
“I don’t know about other regional political parties but the UDP alone will never come to an end,” Dr. Roy said.
Dr. Roy, who was elected as Meghalaya Speaker on Monday also pointed out that the UDP had in the past worked with the then BJP MLA, Late Thrang Hok Rangad.
Asserting that no political party is untouchable, the veteran politician said, “To say that regional parties cannot work with other parties is like undermining the electorate which has voted for them.” He also reminded that the MLAs from the BJP are also citizens of the state.
Reacting to a query, the UDP president admitted that the party before the election had maintained that it has no pre-poll alliance with the BJP. “However, where we are now is the outcome of the post poll,” he stated.