SHILLONG, March 18: United Democratic Party (UDP) working president Paul Lyngdoh Tuesday stated that he is the only candidate belonging to the regional party that represents the hopes and aspirations of the peoples of the state, even as he expressed confidence that the electorates will make him a winner in the forthcoming April 9-Lok Sabha (LS) election for the Shillong Parliamentary seat.
Speaking to reporters after filing his nomination papers here, Lyngdoh said the electorates will reject the sitting Congress MP Vincent H Pala and instead vote for him as their MP.
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SHILLONG, March 18: The demand for a separate Garo state was rejected by the Meghalaya assembly through voice votes during the ongoing Budget Session on Tuesday.
The lone Garo National Council (GNC) legislator Clifford R Marak had moved a resolution during Tuesday’s assembly session and Meghalaya Speaker AT Mondal put the issue to voice votes, which was defeated.
Justifying moving a resolution on separate Garo state, Marak told the assembly, “The demand for separate Garoland state was raised due to lack of economic development and also due to linguistic barriers with the Khasi-Jaintia tribes inhabiting eastern Meghalaya.”
Shillong, March 17: It seems the United Democratic Party (UDP) is leaving no stone unturned to see that it has some credible chance of making it to Lok Sabha in the ensuing parliamentary election. This is the reason why it has gone to the extent of trying to persuade BJP High Command to seek its support for the Shillong parliamentary seat.
If party sources are to be believed, this has resulted in BJP’s national leadership delaying announcement of its candidate for the Shillong seat, as it is now in dilemma to either field is own candidate or support UDP. However, in the case of Tura Parliamentary seat, BJP has extended its support to the NPP candidate.
SHILLONG, March 17: Fissures within the All Regional Parties Alliance (ARPA) coalition partners is becoming all too apparent over the United Democratic Party (UDP) Shillong Lok Sabha candidate Paul Lyngdoh, as the party on Monday asked its KHADC allies – Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) – to prove their claim that Lyngdoh will not win the election slated for April.
Earlier, the two parties had said that Lyngdoh does not stand a chance to win the election.
SHILLONG, March 18: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Meghalaya Tuesday informed that it’s manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll slated for April 9 will be based on the suggestions provided by the people of the state while pledging to fight and eradicate corruption.
AAP has filed retired Indian Forest Officer (IFS) Armerington Kharshiing as its candidate for the Shillong Lok Sabha seat. The party has decided not to put up any candidate for the Tura Parliamentary seat.
SHILLONG, March 17: The HNLC has claimed that the youths arrested by the police recently in Upper Shillong did not have any links with the outfit and said that it suspects that it is just a ploy of the police department to demoralize youths who wants to join the Council.
HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said in a press statement that it is surprising to note that even a Sumo’s driver and a person working at the border have not been spared by the police department as they too have been arrested. He said, “This kind of false accusations would in fact make youths more frustrated and inclined towards joining the Council.”
Terming the arrests as pure harassment, he said Khasis residing along the Bangladesh border are frequently targeted by the police.
Shillong, March 17 (IANS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will Tuesday begin his campaign in four states of the northeast for the Lok Sabha election.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the two-day visit by the Congress leader, a security official said.
A Special Protection Group (SPG) team has reached Meghalaya as part of the arrangements.
"Rahul Gandhi will address four election rallies in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Mizoram in support of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections and assembly elections in Arunachal," Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister Deborah Ch. Marak said.