Meghalaya: Nomination committee appointed to select UDP leader

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SHILLONG: Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) in Meghalaya today appointed a nomination committee to select and recommend as to who would be fit enough to lead the party ahead of the crucial 2018 elections.

The Central Executive Committee of the party held at the residence of party president and Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy approved a 30-member committee which comprises of presidents and secretaries of the district executive committees and representatives from the youth wing, women wing, farmers wing besides six prominent members.

The recommendation of the nomination committee as to who should take the mantle and lead the party will be placed at the general council on February 27 for its approval.

Several leaders including UDP working presidents and former chief minister Bindo M Lanong and former urban affairs minister Paul Lyngdoh have made their offers expressing interest to lead the party.

UDP general secretary A F Dkhar said the CEC has left it to the wisdom of the nomination committee in as far as the issue relating the election of new body of the party is concerned.

He said the nomination committee will deliberate and bring about a consensus as to who all should be holding what position and present its recommendation at the general council.

He also said that the general council will be the authority to decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation of the nomination committee.

The CEC, meanwhile, has also constituted a committee responsible for organizing the upcoming general council meeting.

The issue related to the upcoming bye-elections in the two autonomous tribal councils – the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council was also discussed at length at the CEC.

(TNT News)