Tough situation if MDA partners fight each other in LS polls: UDP

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UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh and senior working president Bindo M Lanong

SHILLONG, Feb 11: The United Democratic Party (UDP) is not keen in seeing a situation where the coalition partners of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government are fighting each other in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Reacting to a recent resolution adopted by the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) that it would fight from all the 25 parliamentary seats in the North East region including Meghalaya, UDP senior working president Bindo M Lanong said, “I have called up our president Donkupar Roy and I had referred to him about the news report and said we have to sit and discuss on this regard. So we will discuss on this matter.”

The UDP had earlier suggested that the NPP considers contesting only from Tura parliamentary seat while allowing it to contest the Shillong seat. The UDP has already announced the name of its former MLA from Nongthymmai Jemino Mawthoh as the official candidate of the party.

“We will try our best because if you would like to defeat the Congress or the BJP, we need to have positive mind and that the spirit of give and take should be there,” Lanong said while adding “If all of us fight against each other it will put us in difficult situation.”

On the other hand, UDP vice president Allantry F Dkhar said that the last agreement was each party will propose their own candidate then MDA will sit and decide who among these proposed candidates, is the best to be the MDA candidate.

Stating that everybody is busy with the upcoming district council polls, Dkhar said the party will take up this matter related to the MP elections after the council polls.

The MDA comprises of six political parties which include the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

However, the UDP leaders refused to comment on whether the decision of the coalition partners to fight against each other will affect the MDA-led state government.