Meghalaya: HSPDP pledges support for UDP candidate Eugeneson Lyngdoh in Mawphlang bye-polls



The Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) has pledged support for United Democratic Party’s (UDP) Mawphlang candidate Eugeneson Lyngdoh.

The decision was taken at a party’s central executive committee meeting on Tuesday, said party president K.P. Pangngiang.

When asked, Pangniang denied that the HSPDP is surrendering by not fielding candidates for the bye-polls and said, “Yes, the HSPDP is the oldest party no doubt, but we are not keen on fielding candidates as we want the two regional parties under the RDA to work together and support each other.”

He also said that the party will reach out to UDP to hold the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) meeting immediately to discuss campaigning strategies for Lyngdoh. 

It may be mentioned that UDP and HSPDP together formed the RDA and both of them are allies in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA). He said the alliance between the two regional parties will continue as both are preparing to face the 2023 Assembly polls.

“We have also approached the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and asked them to join the RDA,” he added. 

The HSPDP president also informed that the party will hold talks with the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) over the formation of Garoland and Khasi-Jaintia land. "The HSPDP has prepared a write-up on why the party wants a separate hill state," Pangngiang said after the meeting. He added that on November 10, the party will felicitate Hill State fighters. 

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