By Our Reporter, Shillong News | Shillong, Mar 24, 2018:

Blame it on the Congress! Analyzing the poor performance of the party in the recently concluded Assembly election in the state, the United Democratic Party (UDP) today blamed the Congress’s abuse of power and the party meager resources for poll debacle.

“In many of the constituencies, the Congress has use money power to lure the electorates. It is fact that bought voters through inducements,” UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh told newsmen after the party CEC meeting here today.

He further alleged that former Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has misused several schemes of the Government for the elections adding that the schemes has turned into election sops.

The UDP working president also explained that when he termed the party had “meager resources”, he meant that certain candidates did not have enough funds even to set up an office while the Congress used money to influence the outcome of the polls.

Lyngdoh, a three time-MLA who was defeated by Mohendro Rapsang of the Congress from West Shillong, said that authorities could not check the use of money.

“Police were more concern at checking the erecting of party flags but could not control the flow of cash,” he added.

Trying to put behind the debacle of the party in the Assembly polls, Lyngdoh said that the UDP from now on will aggressively push its agenda.

“We will no longer concentrate on constituency-centric issues but issues concerning the state will be of utmost importance to us,” the UDP working president said.

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He also informed that the party has formed a core committee to study into the issue of pre-poll alliance with the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) in Khasi-Jaintia Hills region and with the Garo National Council (GNC) in Garo Hills region.

It may be mentioned that the UDP-HSPDP-GNC alliance was christened as Regional Democratic Alliance.

“This core committee will objectively assess how much the UDP was able to gain from the alliance or whether the party loss due to this alliance,” Lyngdoh said.

He also informed that with the upcoming MDC and MP elections in mind the party has formed a committee.

Lyngdoh said that this committee will “plan, strategise and coordinate”.

He informed that the members of the committee include — himself as the chairman and MLAs — Jemino Mawthoh, Bindo M Lanong and party general secretary Alantry F Dkhar as members.



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