MDA government will last full term, says Meghalaya Assembly Speaker

Correspondent Shillong, Jun 25 | Publish Date: 6/25/2020 1:20:35 PM IST

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker and president of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Metbah Lyngdoh on Thursday said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government would last its full term.

“I would like to reassure that the government, as far as the UDP is concerned and the Regional Democratic Alliance (RDA) as a whole would like to see that we complete its full term,” Lyngdoh said. The UDP is a key partner in the National People’s Party (NPP)-led MDA government. Political observers say that the opposition Congress, which was ousted from power in the 2018 Assembly elections, expected for a Manipur “political spill over” in Meghalaya too.

However, brushing aside Congress’ offering him to lead the government, Lyngdoh said, “I think the question of offering me does not arise and as of now we at the UDP are only seven and with the associate members we are nine. If we go by the numbers, I think we won’t reach anywhere. But that doesn’t mean that we are changing because of the numbers. My point is this- we have to see ourselves as responsible leaders, that toppling government one after another will badly affect the performance of the government in terms of delivery to the people of the state.

“We would like to see and everyone at large would wants a stable government. At the end of the day, it is not the number of the alliances that you have. I am confident that we will complete five years so that we can see some changes in the state,” Lyngdoh iterated.

Moreover, the UDP president also informed that the Chief Minister, who is also the national president of NPP, has spoken to him following the political developments in Manipur.

“He (Sangma) has assured that there is no such proposal or plans to work with the Congress,” he said. With regard to cabinet reshuffling, Lyngdoh said, “As far as UDP is concerned, there is no such kind of discussion with regards to reshuffling of cabinet ministers after a period of 2 and half years. 

With regards to the other coalition partners, it is upto them as it is their internal matter.”


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