Can UDP-HSPDP alliance turn out to be a stumbling block for Congress?

meghalaya assembly elections 2018

Story highlights

  • The two regional parties of Meghalaya comes to an ally
  • UDP and HSPDP are going to form an alliance ahead of elections
  • Is the alliance of both the parties turns out to be another obstacle for Congress?

Meghalaya is on the verge of Assembly elections for 60 seats that is expected a few weeks from now. The political parties including regional and national are executing their strategies against the ruling party Congress. In the meantime, two political groups end up being one and turned into an obstruction for the Congress.

Congress is on downswing, UDP-HSPDP ally on upward trend-Dr Roy

This year’s elections don’t appear like a simple errand for the Congress as it is surrounded by the rival political groups that are trying every way possible to root out the party from the state politics.

In the fray, the major rivals for Meghalaya Congress are National People’s Party(NPP) which is led by Conrad Sangma, the son of veteran leader from Congress itself, who later detached from the party.

Adding on to the list comes Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) that is one of the major rivals of Congress that is defeating party in many states in the battle of assembly seats.

Apart from these two major parties, two more parties joined hands to become one power against the ruling Congress in Meghalaya that may be considered as a threat to it in the upcoming polls.

The United Democratic Party(UDP) and Hill State People’s Democratic Party(HSPDP) has recently announced to become one power against Congress ahead of Assembly polls due next month.

The party chief of both the regional political groups have shared the stage to make the announcement and also the President of UDP, Dr. Donkupar Roy addressed the public rally at Malki Ground.

In the statement, Dr. Roy said, “We are expected to do well in Garo Hills this time around. We have formed the primary units in almost all the constituencies in Garo Hills and we have also managed to form the frontal units of the party in the region.”

Adding to this, he also said, “Since the Congress is on the downswing, our alliance is on the upward trend.”

The rally was also observed by one more regional party of the state that is Garo National Council(GNC) having an influence in the Garo Hills.

HSPDP for Khasi Hills, GNC for Garo Hills

The United Democratic Front has executed its major strategy against the ruling Congress Government in the state and two more parties shook hands to become one.

As per the information, both the HSPDP and GNC have joined the party for a reason and UDP is also having seeking advantage in joining hands with these two political groups.

Talking about the benefit of UDP, the HSPDP has an influence in the Khasi hills region that will ease the alliance to win the constituencies of the region in the elections.

Apart from this, the GNC is the party having an influence in the Garo Hills region that is, for now, the stronghold zone of the National People’s Party(NPP).

The UDP during the rally expressed confidence that their pre-poll alliance with the HSPDP  in Khasi Hills and the GNC in Garo Hills will pay off and that they will be able to form the government in Meghalaya with the support of these two parties.

Lyngdoh addressing the rally stated that this spirit of oneness will be a determining factor in the upcoming election even as he expressed confidence that before Meghalaya turns 50, the keys to rule the state will be snatched from national parties and the regional parties will be helm of affairs of the state.

Meanwhile, HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit also explained the decision of the party to forge an alliance with the UDP stating “I am going to tell you clearly that our decision to come together was because we saw the dangers awaiting the state and together, we are confident of resolving the problems if we are voted to power.”

As all the three parties are forming an alliance and uniting as one power, the other parties like BJP and NPP are also countering Congress from two sides, Therefore, this election for the ruling party is not an easy task and Congress will have to place strong contenders against these parties that will somehow give a push to the party who has already lost its eminent candidates recently.

Also Read: Meghalaya Congress has different plans for Poll Campaign this year


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