Infighting in UDP comes to fore
SHILLONG, Sept 27: Turned down, aspiring contender from Nongthymmai constituency, Latiplang Kharkongor who is also the newly appointed vice president of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Thursday said that a meeting would soon be convened to take a call on the recent decision of the party to issue the party ticket to Dr Jemino Mawthoh.
â€œMe and my supporters would soon sit to discuss on our future course of action on the recent decision of the party to issue the party ticket to Dr Jemino Mawthoh,â€ Khakongor Thursday told reporters.
Mentionably, UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh informed after the CEC meeting on Wednesday last that Kharkongor who is one of the aspiring contenders has agreed to fully endorse the name of Dr Jemino Mawthoh as the official candidate from the constituency after a lengthy discussion with the party president Dr Donkupar Roy.
However Kharkongor categorically denied of the claimed made by the UDP working president and said, â€œThere has been no such consensus to favour Dr Jemino as the official candidate from the constituency with anybody either the party president or Jemino.â€
He said, â€œThe issuing of the party ticket to Jemino is just to suit someone elseâ€™s interest.â€
Stating that he would go ahead in contesting in the 2013 elections, he said, â€œWe will take our decision at the meeting which would be held soon whether to be with the party or resign from the party.â€
He added, â€œMy supporters will decide whether I should seek the support of other political parties or remain in the party.â€
On the appointment as the vice president, Kharkongor said, â€œI will never accept the post given to me as I have not joined the party for the post but for the ticketâ€ adding â€œIf the party thinks that it is short of people for the post then they should instead let Bindo Lanong take the post of the vice president.â€