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By Our Reporter | Shillong, Sep 28, 2018: 

The President of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Dr Donkupar Roy on Friday expressed concerns over the “shifting of allegiance” of MDCs after winning the elections.

“In the absence of the anti-defection law in the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), people after winning the MDC elections would shift side to another party. I think this is an unhealthy trend. But everyone is helpless because there is no law which bars the MDCs to shift allegiance from one party to another,” UDP president said while speaking to reporters after welcoming Laban-Mawprem MDC, Ricky Shullai, who formally joined the party at a function held in his residence here today.

He said that he would always ask this question– How many of those people, who have been given the party tickets, will remain with the UDP after the elections?

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“But unfortunately majority of them would leave the party and associate themselves with a new group after winning from a party ticket,” Dr Roy said.

While stating that the joining of Shullai is a huge boost to the party, he, however, appealed to the Laban-Mawprem MDC to remain with the party even after winning the elections.

On the question of allotment of the party ticket, the UDP president said that he (Shullai) will be given the party ticket to contest the next year’s ADCs elections in the State.

“I have clarified that as per the practice, we always offer the party ticket to any sitting MDC. If the party MDC do not ask for the ticket then we offer it to another person,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his brief address after formally joining the UDP, Shullai said that after leaving the NCP in 2017, he had decided not to join any political party. “Even in the 2018 Assembly elections, I had contested as an independent candidate from Mylliem constituency,” the Laban-Mawprem MDC said.

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“After remaining as an independent for so long, I realized the need to be in a party to be able to carry forward the responsibility given by the people of his constituency in a more effective manner,” he said.

Stating that the discussion with the leaders of the UDP has been going on for more than four months, he said that he had finally decided to join the party since he was impressed with the leadership in the UDP.

Shullai also assured that he would remain with the UDP after winning next year’s MDC elections.

“Now the voice of the UDP will again be heard in Laban. My uncle (Sanbor Shullai) had won the MDC election on the UDP ticket in 2004. I hope that the UDP will again win the seat from Laban-Mawprem constituency in the 2019 ADC elections,” he added.

It may be mentioned that Shullai was elected from Laban-Mawprem constituency during the bye elections held in December 2016. The by-election was necessitated after the resignation of seven MDCs following the passing of the Prevention of Disqualification (Members of Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya) (Amendment) Act, 2015, by the State Assembly.

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