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By Our Reporter | Shillong, Sep 28:

The United Democratic Party (UDP) President Dr Donkupar Roy said that they have not set any pre-conditions to the allies of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to give an opportunity to the UDP-sponsored candidate to contest from the Shillong Parliamentary seat.

“As a party, we only want that the NPP should be allowed to contest from Tura and UDP from Shillong,” Dr Roy said while speaking to reporters here today.

While stating that they are still exploring the possibilities to have a common candidate for both Tura and Shillong, he, however, said that they would like to propose the candidate which should be acceptable to all the alliance partners.

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Replying to a query, he said that they are yet to take up the issue at the MDA level. “But there are discussions among the leaders of the allies in the MDA. All the leaders agree to the proposal on the need to have a common candidate,” the UDP president said.

He said that the only question which they need to resolve is that from which party the common candidate would belong to.

When asked what would be stand of the party if the allies disagree with proposal to allow the UDP to contest from Shillong, Dr Roy said that the party always hope for the best.

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Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister and NPP senior leader, Prestone Tynsong said that the party is yet to discuss the matter even though he welcomed the suggestion of the UDP to have a common candidate for Shillong and Tura Parliamentary seats.

“I would not like to comment on the condition of the UDP that they should be allowed to contest from Shillong,” Tynsong had said.

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