Meghalaya: Rivals Paul, Ardent come together in campaign to boost UDP-HSPDP prospects

Meghalaya: Rivals Paul, Ardent come together in campaign to boost UDP-HSPDP prospects

By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Jan 08, 2018:
The two prominent regional parties’ leaders in the State — Paul Lyngdoh and Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit shared the dais for the first time to campaign for the sitting UDP legislator, Embhahlang Syiemlieh during the public rally of the UDP Mawlai Circle here on Monday.
The situation on Monday was an interesting scene to watch as the two leaders, known to be rivals since their students’ group’ days are actually coming together to work for a common goal — resurgence of a united regional led government in Meghalaya by defeating the grand-old party — Congress.
Thanks to the UDP-HSPDP alliance! The coming together of the two major regional parties in the state has compelled the two leaders to compromise on their differences to ensure that the two regional parties manages to form the new Government after the 2018 Assembly polls in the State.
Paul Lyngdoh, the UDP working president who spoke on the occasion said that 22 years ago, when they were leading their respective pressure groups, they knew the difficulties the indigenous people of the state were going through.
Lyngdoh said that the Congress has ruled the state for 35 years but it has failed to live up to the expectations of the people.
“We will ensure that the Congress especially the regime under the present Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma does not come back to power,” Lyngdoh said.
Mocking the Congress, the UDP working president said that it is in disarray with some of its legislators about to go to jail and others leaving it to join other parties.
Lyngdoh also urged those present to vote for Syiemlieh, the sitting legislator from Mawlai since it was certain that the regional alliance would capture power after the assembly polls.
Meanwhile, HSPDP chief and Nongkrem legislator, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit warned the electorates of Mawlai constituency not to be misled by politicians who dole out money during elections.
Basaiawmoit also likened the election of a legislator to that of looking for a life partner.
“We need to be careful. Electing a legislator is like searching for a life partner; if one makes mistake then it will be a lifetime of miseries,” the HSPDP chief said.
He said that there needs to be an understanding between the regional parties to root away the Congress from the state even as he stated that the pre-poll alliance is a step towards a possible unification of the regional forces in the state.
Basaiawmoit said that the aim of the regional alliance is to root out corruption if it comes to power.
“During the present Congress-led government, all contract works is done by the MLAs themselves therefore contractors are being deprived of their share,” Basaiawmoit alleged.
“If our government comes to power, we will revitalize the crippling economy of the state so that infrastructure can be provided in the government run hospitals,” Basaiawmoit added.
Sitting UDP legislator from Mawlai, Embhah Syiemlieh who also spoke on the occasion accused the present Congress-led government of holding festivals under various names.
Syiemlieh also hit out at Mawlai MDC, PT Sawkmie for saying that the UDP legislator was inexperienced.
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