SHILLONG: With just a few days remaining for the counting of votes on May 23 for the recently concluded Lok Sabha election in Meghalaya, the United Democratic Party (UDP) is confident that their candidate from Shillong Parliamentary seat Jemino Mawthoh will win the seat.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Paul Lyngdoh, MDC from Jaiaw constituency, and working president of UDP said, “We, as a party, are confident that Jemino Mawthoh will win the MP seat from Shillong this time.”
He said that after the voting was completed they analysed the election and their reports point to Mawthoh winning the election because there are four political parties supporting him.
It may be mentioned that Mawthoh is the common candidate of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) supported by the UDP, the National People’s Party (NPP), the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) and the Hills State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP).
Lyngdoh pointed out that when he had contested the Lok Sabha election in 2014 it was quite a different picture altogether as the party was in the opposition in the State; but now the party is in power in Meghalaya.
When asked for the reason for not attending election campaigns of Mawthoh, he said, “The reason is because I was working hard within my own constituency as the MLA is from a different party. Of course, Mawthoh had addressed three public meetings in my constituency.”
He said that the second reason for not going to the election campaigns is because the party has chalked out a programme in which he has to make house visits in his constituency, seeking support for the UDP’s MP candidate.
“I have no regrets about not getting the party ticket for the Lok Sabha election because the people have already elected me to represent them as their MDC in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC),” he stated.
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