SHILLONG | Feb 25, 2019:
A major ally in the National People’s Party (NPP) led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), the United Democratic Party (UDP) today stated that it is firm on its stand to demand the ouster of the BJP from the NPP led coalition Government in Meghalaya.
“We are firm on our stand that the BJP should no longer be part of the NPP led MDA Government. We are just waiting for the time to see the BJP out of coalition Government in the State,” UDP vice president, Allantry F Dkhar told media persons.
When asked if the party would write to the chairman of the MDA Coordination Committee, Conrad K Sangma on this issue, he said that the MDA coordination committee is slated to have a meeting straight after the Council polls adding that the agenda of removing the BJP from the coalition would be discussed in this meeting.
To a question if the UDP would break its ties with the MDA if the NPP is adamant on its demand, he said that he would not like to comment anything on this matter at this moment. “We will cross the bridge when it comes,” Dkhar said.
When asked the Opposition Congress is castigating the UDP for not coming clear on its ties with the BJP, he said that they had come out of the North East Development Alliance (NEDA) since the party felt that it is pointless to have an association with such an alliance whose party is bringing a legislation like the CAB which is threat to the identity to the indigenous population of the State.
“We are upset with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has no respect for the sentiments of the people of the region on the CAB,” he said.
The UDP vice president further clarified that the UDP has nothing to do with the inclusion of the BJP in the MDA. “The UDP had only supported the NPP. We are not aware how the BJP, PDF and an independent MLA came on board. If we were leading the Government it would have been a different case altogether,” he said.
The UDP vice president also said that the BJP leaders like Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union Ministers- K Alphonse and Kiren Riju-had managed to hijack the formation of the Government adding that in the national media it looks like the BJP has played a major role in the formation of the Government in the State.
“But the reality is that the number counts on the formation of the Government. The BJP has no major role since it had only two MLAs. We were upset at that point of time over the way the BJP leaders had hijacked the whole Government formation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the UDP president also slammed the Congress on the CAB issue. Stating that chairman of the AICC manifesto committee had stated that the CAB would be part of the party manifesto for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll, he said that the Congress in Assam however claimed that the CAB could not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha due to the oppostion of the party MPs.
“This clearly show the ‘double standard” stand of the Congress on the VAB,” he said.