SHILLONG, Sept 13: The working president of United Democratic Party (UDP) Paul Lyngdoh has expressed surprise over the oldest regiol party in the state HSPDP supporting the state government’s plan to implement a new Bill to empower the traditiol bodies and on the MUDA Building Bye laws.
“It surprises me to see that the HSPDP has supported the state government’s plans. Because for the past many years the HSPDP has always demanded that Para 12 A should be removed from the Sixth Scheduled of the Constitution of India,” working president Paul Lyngdoh said.
He said that since 1970 the HSPDP has demanded the removal of Para 12 A which gives power to the State Government to make laws on the same subject of the District Council.
When asked about the divided stand within ARPA since one party is backing the government and the other is against it on the issue of MUDA and the draft Bill, Lyngdoh said, “It is very confusing to see the conflict of ideology between two political parties.”
He stressed that it is important for ARPA to take the same stance on the current issues especially since they have been together for the past two years
When asked on the allegations levelled by several regiol parties during election time that the UDP is Team B of the Congress, Lyngdoh said that these allegations are made by few individuals against the UPD with vested interest. He also said that demands made by Donkupar Sumer MDC from Umsning to the chairman of ARPA to hold a special meeting of all the members of the opposition is important because it’s difficult to be under one roof and still there are plenty of problems and confusions.
“I hope that the chairman of ARPA will take importance to the demands made by the MDC in order to clear all the problems which has been plaguing ARPA,” he said.