SHILLONG: The United Democratic Party (UDP) kickstarted its campaign for the forthcoming GHADC elections held a public meeting yesterday at Baghmara, South Garo Hills during a large public meeting at Baghmara in South Garo Hills on Saturday.
The party also announced the first list of candidates, namley Diana N. Marak who will be contesting from 2 Wagesik, Jadush M. Sangma from Ringrikimgre and Devier M. Sangma from Gasuapara.
The meeting was presided over by the district president of the party, S.G.H. Julius Sangma.
All the speakers spoke on the importance to elect leaders who can bring about change in the governance and administration of the GHADC which has come under serious criticism from different quarters over its functioning and also corruption.
Reminding the people that the UDP is an offshoot of the APHLC which had spearheaded the Hill State movement, they stressed the party will build a bridge of cordial relationship among the tribes in the State and also articulate the dreams and aspirations of the indigenous people of the State.
The UDP is hopeful that it will open its account once again in the Garo Hills.
Among those present on the occasion were senior leaders of the party including its president Metbah Lyngdoh, Minister Kyrmen Shylla, MLA Samuel Sangma, vice president Allantry Dkhar, general secretary Dr Jemino Mawthoh, adviser B.G. Momin, working president L.C. Momin, women wing president Pretty Kharpyngrope besides leaders from the Garo Hills sector.
Earlier during a meeting at Williamnagar, the State Election Committee had decided that the last date for receiving application for contesting the GHADC elections will be on or before the February 23, 2021.