| Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit |
Shillong, Nov. 18: The fate of United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit is likely to be decided by the party leadership here tomorrow.
The UDP leadership had set November 16 as the deadline for him to confirm whether he would seek re-election from Nongkrem constituency on a party ticket in the upcoming 2013 Assembly polls.
However, a source said the legislator was yet to respond to the deadline.
“The November 16 deadline was the second, which was given by the party leadership to Basaiawmoit. However, the legislator is yet to respond,” the source said.
But the source did not reveal whether the leadership would take the drastic step of expelling the legislator.
Basaiawmoit was elected from Nongkrem in the East Khasi Hills district on a UDP ticket in the 2008 Assembly elections. He had then defeated Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) legislator Lambor Malngiang.
On the other hand, the UDP had reportedly sent feelers to Malngiang to persuade him to contest from the party against Basaiawmoit. Hitherto, Malngiang is a Congress member and has sought ticket from the current ruling party.
On November 12, the UDP Nongkrem circle was “dissolved” where all the party members resigned en masse leaving Basaiawmoit as the lone UDP worker within his own constituency.
The former youth leader is reportedly on his way to join the oldest regional outfit of the state, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party, led by veteran legislator Hopingstone Lyngdoh.
The Hill State Peoples’ Democratic Party (HSPDP) is also keen to welcome Basaiawmoit into its fold in a bid to reinforce its credence in the run-up to the elections.
“We are ready to welcome him (Basaiawmoit) if he really intends to join the party at any point of time,” Lyngdoh said. He said whether the UDP legislator joins them would solely depend on the individual, and the party would not interfere in any way.