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UDP demand change of leader after by-poll rout
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 24:
Published on 24 Aug. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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Pressure is building up for the change of United Democratic Party (UDP) leadership in the wake of its humiliating defeat in the just concluded Assembly bye-election in Meghalaya. On Friday, Congress candidate and Education Minister M Ampareen Lyngdoh retained her Laitumkhrah Assembly seat defeating UDP nominee Malcolm Tariang by a margin of 2,327 votes in the bye-poll. With this victory, the Congress has emboldened its position to 28 members, including that of lone BJP legislator AL Hek who merged with the Congress, in the 60-member House, while the UDP has nine. Sources closes to the UDP said, a group of UDP legislators have called for replacing of UDP President Donkupar Roy, who is also Chairman of Meghalaya State Planning Board, for the party’s rout. Some of the legislators even wanted the UDP to pull-out from the ruling Congress-Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) coalition to save its name and reputation. “We wanted the party’s leadership to summon for an emergency general council meeting to introspect on the bye-poll debacle and switching sides of party’s members of district councils to the Congress,” a UDP legislator on condition of anonymity said. In the 12-member ministry, the Congress has six cabinet ministers, including chief minister DD Lapang and the UDP two. However, the beleaguered Roy denied of any pressure mounted on him to step down as UDP Chief in the wake of the humiliating defeat and the continuous exit of party leaders. “I have not heard from anyone demanding for my removal, but change of the UDP leadership will take place during the party’s general council conclave scheduled on November,” Roy said. The ecstatic Congress is keeping a watch on the “inner-rumblings” in the UDP. “It is their internal problem and we hope they would tackle their problem before ship sinks,” a congress leader on condition of anonymity said.

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