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UDP & HSDP join hands

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 July 2017 12:00 AM GMT

FROM A Correspondent
SHILLONG, July 19: The bugles for the 2018 Meghalaya Assembly elections seem to have been blown as two political parties have formally announced their alliance. The United Democratic Party (UDP) and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Wednesday cam e to an understanding on seat sharing for the ensuing elections.
Of course, the seat sharing agreement between the two parties is only for the 36 seats in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region.
According to Dr Kara Shen, secretary of the Co-ordition Committee of the UDP-HSPDP Regiol Democratic Alliance, leaders of both the parties met on Wednesday and agreed on sharing of seats. As per the press statement issued by the Co-ordition Committee of the UDP-HSPDP Regiol Democratic Alliance, the UDP will contest in 17 seats, while the HSPDP will field candidates in 10 seats. In the remaining nine seats, both the regiol parties will indulge in friendly contests. The UDP will contest Khliehriat, Amlarem, Jowai, Raliang, rtiang, Mawsynram, Shella, Pynursla, Nongthymmai, East Shillong, West Shillong, Mawlai, Umsning, Mawhati, Nongpoh, Ranikor and Mairang.
On the other hand, the HSPDP will contest Sutnga-Saipung, Nongkrem, Mylliem, Mawphlang, South Shillong, Pynthorumkhrah, Jirang, Nongstoin, Rambrai and Mawkyrwat. Meanwhile, the nine “open seats” where friendly contests between the UDP and the HSPDP are likely are Mowkaiaw, North Shillong, Mawthadraishan, Mawshynrut, Mawryngkneng, Sohiong, Umroi, Sohra and Mawkynrew. In the present Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, the UDP has eight legislators, while the HSPDP has four MLAs.

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