SHILLONG, Sep 13: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) has expressed its interest to work with the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the upcoming polls to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) which will be held next year.
“We want to ensure that the regional forces in the state are united and we hope that the UDP will work together with us in the upcoming MDC elections,” HSPDP East Khasi Hills Unit president and former minister Martle M Mukhim informed after a meeting held here on Thursday.
The two regional political parties had earlier forged a pre-poll alliance for contesting the 36 seats from Khasi and Jaintia Hills region during the February 27-Assembly polls this year.
However, the UDP could manage to secure only seven seats while the HSPDP with only two in the 60-member Assembly.
The two parties, which are partners of the six-party Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government led by the National People’s Party (NPP), had also formed the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA).
Stating that this is a ‘coalition era’, Mukhim, who had unsuccessfully contested the Assembly elections from Mawkynrew constituency, said, “We are fully committed to further strengthen the MDA government. We also appealed to all partners to work unitedly as family in the coalition government.”