Meghalaya: UDP reacts to HSPDP’s allegation of opposing Prestone for CM post
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 09, 2018:
The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday clarified that the question of opposing Prestone Tynsong's name for the post of chief minister does not arise as the party had already had an agreement with the NPP was that the region which manages to bring out more representatives will get the Chief Minister post.
"The NPP got more MLAs from Garo Hills compared to the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region. Therefore, it is clear that the Chief Ministerial candidate will come from Garo Hills," UDP president Dr Donkupar Roy said.
While reacting to the accusations leveled by former HSPDP president, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit that the UDP had opposed Prestone Tynsong's name for the post of Chief Minister, Dr Roy said that the question of the party opposing the name of Tynsong for the Chief Ministerial post does not arise.
Looking at the results, the party deliberated who would be the best person from Garo Hills who can become the Chief Minister, he said adding that "After the deliberations, we feel that there is no better candidate other than Conrad K Sangma. We therefore decides to proposed his name as one of the reason for supporting the alliance led by the NPP."
Earlier, former HSPDP president had insisted that the UDP chief should make public why he did not want National People's Party (NPP) leader Prestone Tynsong to become the Chief Minister of Meghalaya even as he said that the UDP has betrayed the alliance.
Posing a question to Dr Roy, Basaiawmoit asked, "I have a serious question to ask Dr Donkupar Roy. Why did he oppose Prestone Tynsong to become the Chief Minister?"
Basaiawmoit also said that this was an opportune time to have a Khasi Chief Minister.
"This was the moment to serve the people of the state," he said.
It may be reminded that the UDP had agreed to extend support to the NPP only if Conrad take the Chief Minister's post.
On the question of the UDP betraying the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA), where apart from the UDP-HSPDP, the Garo National Council is also an ally, Basaiawmoit said that the party had already betrayed the HSPDP when it proposed Conrad's name as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya while rejecting Tynsong's name.
"They did not consult us. As allies they should have called a meeting of the coordination committee of the RDA to discuss the issue. It is an insult to the HSPDP and the GNC," he said.