UDP Decides to Go Alone in Meghalaya Assembly Polls
The United Democratic Party (UDP) -- a key ally in the Congress-led coalition government in Meghalaya -- has decided to go "alone" in the upcoming assembly polls citing that it is confident enough to form a "single-party-government" in the upcoming elections.

The decision was taken at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the party held here today.

"We decided to go on our own and felt that we need not go with any alliance in the ensuing elections," UDP president Donkupar Roy told reporters here.

According to Roy, the party is very much confident that it will be able to form the next government in the state.

"The main reason that we decided to (go) alone is that we have already been able to finalise our candidates from almost all the constituencies in the state," the UDP chief said.

The UDP also announced the names of their five candidates -- Draison Kharshiing from Nongkrem, Wonderful Lapang from Jirang constituency, Edward Kharmawphlang from Shillong South (Laban), Arun N Marak – Songsak and Raju G Momin – Rongjeng.

Altogether, the UDP has filled in 44 candidates out of 60 constituencies in the state for the upcoming state Assembly elections slated for February next year.

"We have one more seat to decide for Khasi hills besides three in Jaintia hills and 12 for Garo hills region," Roy said.

The party has fixed January 7 next year to decide on the 16 remaining seats besides coming up with the final draft of its manifesto.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma recently has said that Congress will be able to form a "single-party-government" in the state.

"We are confident to form a single-party-government in the state next year as we will have the majority in the next elections," Mukul had claimed.

Earlier, the Congress had even turned down the pre-poll-alliance moved by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state.
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