2018 ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Oct 31: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) said that issues of restoration of land rights of the indigenous people of Meghalaya, resolving border disputes with neighbouring Assam, opposition to rail project, uranium mining and implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) will be the major poll planks for the party in the 2018 Assembly elections.
Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said the party will also insist for introduction of Article 371 A and 371 G in Meghalaya.
“It is the desire of the HSPDP to fine tune the Meghalaya Land Transfer Regulation Act of 1971, introduction of ILP and Articles 371 A and 371 G as in galand and Mizoram, oppose uranium mining and passenger trains until implementation of an effective mechanism to curb influx in the State,” Basaiawmoit told reporters after the general council meeting of the party held at the Dim Hall, Jaiaw.
The HSPDP president also said that the party was in favour of recognition of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule and formulation of policies that are for the benefit of the people of the State in general and the youth in particular.
Basaiawmoit also expressed concern over the “poor fincial” health of the State and said that the next government coming to power in 2018 should undertake measures to make Meghalaya fincially sound again.
According to the HSPDP president, only a handful of people have benefitted under the present MUA -II government led by the Congress.
“If we come to power, we will make sure that there are no undue expenditures in the form of political appointments in the government,” Basaiawmoit said.
He further said that the regiol alliance, if it comes to power, will ensure transparency in the recruitment of youth into various government departments through the MPSC and the DSC.
Basaiawmoit also announced that the HSPDP will hold a public meeting in the second week of December that will be attended by supporters from the different parts of Khasi-Jaintia Hills region.