SHILLONG, Oct 2: The United Democratic Party (UDP) which is contesting the October 12, GHADC poll has gone into poll mode with leaders from Shillong touring the Garo Hills region recently.
According to the general secretary of the UDP, Allantry F Dkhar, he along with two legislators-Titos Chyne and Jemino Mawthoh toured Garo Hills September 29 and 30 to address party workers and held public meetings in a bid to drum up support for the party’s candidates contesting the ensuing GHADC elections.
According to the UDP during their visit to the region to campaign for their candidates said that the party is sensitive to the law and order problem that is plaguing the districts of Garo Hills and reiterates the call made by its president, Dr Donkupar Roy at a meeting at Williamgar, wherein he appealed to all residents of Garo Hills to adopt the “no peace no rest” line of action, to restore normalcy in the interest of Garo Hills in particular and the State of Meghalaya as a whole.
The UDP leaders during the public meetings also exhorted the electorates not to fall prey to propaganda that is confusing the public mind.
The leaders stressed on the need to strengthen the institution of district council as according to the UDP they have been subjected to gross misuse by tiol parties.
“There agenda is evident from the level of interference on matters of tribal identity and preservation of customs and traditions,” Dkhar said.
The leaders during the meetings impressed on the need to preserve these institutions, as the Constitution guarantees the protection of the indigenous communities through these very institutions.
The UDP also reminded the people of the report of the Veerapa Moily Committee recommendation that called for abolishing of autonomous district councils.
Meanwhile, Dkhar also said that the party is confident on the poll prospects and appealed to the electorate to bring in change by voting en masse for the UDP.