FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Dec 15: The United Democratic Party (UDP) is all set to release its manifesto in January next year.
UDP working president Bindo Lanong, however, said there will also be a common minimum programme among the three-party alliance before the Assembly polls scheduled next year. Its alliance partners are Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Garo tiol Council (GNC).
“We will iron out our poll agenda. We both (UDP-HSPDP) are concerned about the issue of influx in the State. We will see what is the vest mechanism (to curb it),” UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said. It may be mentioned that on the issue of influx, the HSPDP has reiterated its demand for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the State.
Meanwhile, on the issue of demand of its alliance partner the HSPDP for invoking Article 371 of the Indian Constitution in Meghalaya, Lanong asked its alliance partner to clarify what they want under this Article.
“Our customary laws and practices are already protected but not under Article 371. Most of the things we have got. If we want more we can get them through other provisions,” the UDP working president said.
The HSPDP has been harping on the need to include Meghalaya under the special provisions of Article 371, similar to Article 371 A and Article 371 G being accorded to galand and Mizoram respectively.
Moreover, the UDP has so far declared as many as 33 candidates for the 2018 Assembly election, which include three mes announced during the meeting.
These include Lahkmen Rymbui from Amlarem, Sengkal Sangma from Dalu and Donbok Khymdeit from Mawhati.
The UDP will also hold a public rally in the city on January 11.