With the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in effect as the country gears up for the Lok Sabha polls next month, the Election Commission of India and citizens alike are keeping a watchful eye on activities which violate the poll code.
In what may be termed as a blow to the BJP-led NEDA in Meghalaya, reports are in that United Democratic Party (UDP) has decided to break alliance with BJP.
Party vice president, Allantry Franklin Dkhar, said, “The regrouping of all North Eastern Political Parties in Guwahati has rendered NEDA bereft of regional parties.”
Dkhar also said that UDP is not a part of NDA, as NDA is a Parliamentary Alliance and the party has no MP in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. He further said that led by Donkupar Roy, the UDP strongly opposes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and asked the government to seriously look into the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP).
It should be noted that Amit Shah on Sunday said that if the BJP comes back to power again, the party would revive the CAB. Shah’s remarks have evoked sharp reactions among various political as well as indigenous organizations in the northeastern States as the CAB lapsed in Rajya Sabha after massive protests in the region.
Notably, UDP has 8 MLAs in the NPP-led government in Meghalaya.
It m,ay be mentioned that Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was the fire regionsl party in Assam to break ties with NEDA over CAB row.
With Khasi and Jaintia Hills set to go to ADC poll on February 27, the state government has laid down all the required provisions to ensure the smooth conduct of the elections to the two district councils — KHADC and JHADC.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today inaugurated the Lake View Cottages and Orchid Lake Cottages near the scenic Umiam Lake constructed under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.