From A Reporter
SHILLONG, April 10: The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) is no different from placing a cart before the horse, stated the vocal UDP leader and former CEM of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) HS Shylla in his diatribe against the new regiol political formation in the state.
PDF is the brain child by the current KHADC CEM and suspended Congress member P N Syiem it was formed on March 1, however is yet to come out with a clear cut “ideology” but says fighting corruption, strengthening of traditiol administration, poverty alleviation, youth welfare are on its top priority list.
Speaking to The Sentinel via phone, the Nongkrem MDC, Shylla said, “These people (PDF) have formed a political party however there is no ideology and this is like the famous English saying that the cart placed before horse.”
Shylla further said that the emergence of the PDF will disrupt the prospects of other regiol party in the state come 2018 Assembly polls.
It may be noted that with PDF coming in, there are now five regiol political parties, apart from the biggest regiol party – United Democratic Party (UDP), the other includes Hill State People Democratic Party (HSPDP), Khun Hynniewtrep tiol Awakening Movement (KHM), and the Garo tiol Council (GNC).
Stating that the CEM P N Syiem had earlier said that he will leave the party (Congress) on July and lead the PDF, Shylla said, “If he really is the leader of the PDF then the party is already going downhill as he has no capacity to lead with the current turn of events in the District Council.”
“There were two former CEM Adelbert Nongrum and Ardent Basaiawmoit who had always against hosting festivals however when P N Syiem was at the helm is always in favour of organising festivals,” he said.
According to PDF sources the party intends to field about 15 candidates from constituencies in Garo Hills and from all 36 constituencies in Khasi-Jaintia Hills.