From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Aug 14: United Democratic Party (UDP) senior vice president Bindo M Lanong has expressed confidence about his party’s victory in Laitumkhra-Malki and North Shillong constituencies in the next year’s Assembly elections.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Lanong said, “In my own constituency (Laitumkhra-Malki) there are some areas where I don’t even want to canvass and this clearly indicates that there will soon be a change in the constituency.”
He further said the tenure of present MLA of Laitumkhra-Malki constituency Ampereen Lyngdoh will soon come to an end after the 2018 Assembly polls.
Asked on the switch of allegiance by some UDP workers to the BJP and other political parties in North Shillong constituency, he said, “In other parts of the country, the BJP wave is still there as many non-tribals are swayed by the party. But in the Northeast, there is still an anti-BJP mood in the region because the policy of the party does not suit the people here.”
He added, “In our State if the people are shifting allegiance from the UDP to the BJP, then they are being foolish and I still can’t understand on what grounds they are siding with the BJP even as the party has gone against the wishes of the people of the State and Northeast as a whole.”
Stating that the single largest regiol party is the UDP, Lanong felt that the people should instead support and back the regiol party and do away with BJP and the Congress in the upcoming 2018 elections.
He said, “The people of India have already rejected the Congress. However in Meghalaya, the people are still clinging to the party and this is foolishness as even in our State the Congress has been in power for the past many years and there have been only corruption and misgovernce.”