FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, July 18: Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit today said that the people of the state are looking for a viable altertive to the Congress and the BJP led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
The HSPDP reiterated its stand that it is not going for any pre-poll alliance in the 2018 Assembly elections but will wait for its outcome and then forge a post-poll agreement.
According to Basaiawmoit, the electorates of the state need choices in case they do not prefer either the Congress or the BJP led NEDA.
When specifically asked if by not joining the NEDA, the HSPDP was giving the Congress another chance to come to power post 2018 assembly elections, Basaiawmoit, “If the people do like the BJP led NEDA they may go back to the Congress. But if the HSPDP is there it will be an altertive to both the BJP and the Congress.”
The HSPDP president also claimed that in Assam the allies of the BJP are not happy with the saffron party.
“We don’t want such kind of a situation in Meghalaya because BJP will go ahead with its own agenda,” Basaiawmoit added.
The HSPDP president also said that he would have been much happier if the NEDA became a pan regiol party front without the BJP.
“Such a front can be a platform wherein the problems of the north east region can be taken forward, and I have no doubt that the centre will have to pay heed,” he said.
Meanwhile, when asked why the number of HSDPDP legislators has dwindled over the years, Basaiawmoit attributed it alliance with other regiol parties.
He said that many of the HSPDP legislators left the party in the me of “unity” of regiol parties.
Moreover, the central executive committee of the party today has also reiterated its stand to oppose uranium mining in the state even as it said that it will knock the doors of the state government and the centre on the issue.
“We don’t oppose developments in the form of road constructions. Every constituency needs roads. But road construction should not lead to mining of uranium,” Basaiawmoit said.
The central executive committee of the HSPDP today decided to form the golden jubilee celebration committee to celebrate the 50 years of its existence in 2018. The HSPDP was formed in 1968.