SHILLONG: The United Democratic Party (UDP) has appealed to its partners in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government not to field any candidate for the Shella seat as a mark of respect to sitting Shella MLA and Assembly Speaker, Dr Donkupar Roy Dkhar who passed away on July 28.
The United Democratic Party Shella Circle proposed to field Dr Donkupar’s son, Balajied Kupar Synrem as the candidate in the upcoming bye election to Shella constituency.
After the central executive committee (CEC) meeting held on Friday, UDP’s senior working president, Bindo M Lanong said that the party has unanimously decided to endorse the decision of party leaders from Shella constituency.
However the party will finalise the candidate in the general meeting of the party to be held at Shella on August 22.
The Shella Circle has already taken a consensus decision that the candidate will be from the family of late Dr Donkupar.
The MDA partners like the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hinted that they may put up their candidate in the bye-election.
National People’s Party (NPP) national president and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had said that the party would soon take a call on this issue (bye-election).
UDP general secretary, Jemino Mawthoh in this connection said that the party would appeal to the MDA partners not to field any candidate.
Shella constituency was represented Dr. Donkupar for seven consecutive terms since 1988.