By Our Correspondent, TNT News | SHILLONG, Jan 11, 2018:
After the National People’s Party (NPP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the United Democratic Party (UDP) on Thursday entered the show-of-strength competition to proudly and publicly flaunt its strength ahead of the February Assembly Polls.
All roads lead to Malki Ground! The main roads leading to the venue — Malki Ground in Shillong were clogged and traffic congestion became the order of the day on Thursday morning as vehicles bearing UDP flags were seen plying from all directions, in a bid to make their way to the venue with the party expecting a turn-out of over 20000 strong crowd.
The rally also witnessed the participation of allies in the upcoming polls –Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Garo National Council (GNC).
The UDP on Thursday expressed confidence that their pre-poll alliance with the HSPDP in Khasi Hills and the GNC in Garo Hills will pay off and that they will be able to form the government by overthrowing the Grand Old Party (GOP) – Congress party.
The Party, whose presence in the Garo Hills is vague, is confident that this time round, they will make their presence felt even in the region, which at present seems to be the stronghold of the National People’s Party (NPP).
“We are expected to do well in Garo Hills this time round. We have formed the primary units in almost all the constituencies in Garo Hills and we have also manage to form the frontal units of the party in the region,” UDP president, Dr Donkupar Roy said that while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the UDP rally held at Malki ground here today.
“Since the Congress is on the down swing, our alliance is on the upward trend,”Dr Roy said.
When asked what makes him confident that the regional alliance will come to power, Dr Roy said, Dr Roy also pointed out the alliance’s priorities if they come to power. “We will give priority to important infrastructures like the roads and the power sector,” Dr Roy said.
He also said that the alliance will also look into the mining sector which according to him is now in a catch 22 situation.
Earlier, addressing the UDP rally at Malki Ground, working president of the part and West Shillong legislator, Paul Lyngdoh said that the huge turn-out of the crowd today is a testimony that the spirit of oneness amongst the supporters and leaders of the regional parties in the state has been rejuvenated.
Lyngdoh further stated that this spirit of oneness will be a determining factor in the upcoming election even as he expressed confidence that before Meghalaya turns 50, the keys to rule the state will be snatched from national parties and the regional parties will be helm of affairs of the state.
Meanwhile, HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit explained the decision of the party to forge an alliance with the UDP stating “I am going to tell you clearly that our decision to come together was because we saw the dangers awaiting the state and together, we are confident of resolving the problems if we are voted to power.”