SHILLONG, Jan 23: The United Democratic Party (UDP) in Meghalaya has been strengthened after the former state president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Egenstar Kurkalang joined its ranks on Wednesday.
In this regard, UDP president, Donkupar Roy has termed Kukalang’s inclusion into the party fold as a home coming and said that he can become an asset to the party.
Roy also announced that Kurkalang, who is also a lawyer, will be the candidate of the party from Nongkrem constituency and urged him to work hard to win the upcoming elections to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
“We expect that you can contribute a lot to further strengthen the laws of the district council,” he said while lamenting that there have been no efforts to strengthen the traditional courts under the jurisdiction of the KHADC since 1959.
Speaking during a meeting of the UDP held here on Wednesday, Kurkalang said that he has decided to join the UDP as suggested by his supporters in Nongkrem.
“I have also decided to join the UDP because it is a disciplined party,” he said. Kurkalang also recalled how he used to help his father, who is a strong supporter of the UDP, in distributing the party manifesto. He assured to work hard to ensure that he emerges victorious in the upcoming elections.
Others present at the meeting include Mookaiaw MLA Nujorki Sungoh, vice president A Dkhar, general secretary Jemino Mawthoh and other party leaders and supporters.