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Parties mull alliance

Shillong, Feb. 25: Regional parties in Meghalaya are planning to forge a post-poll alliance in order to keep the ruling Congress out of power in two autonomous district councils.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) president Donkupar Roy today said his party was willing to work together with other regional parties and talks were on with leaders of other parties to form an alliance in both the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council and Jaiñtia Hills Autonomous District Council.

According to him, the UDP expected to get more than eight seats in both the councils.

The UDP had won 11 seats in the 2009 polls to the Khasi council but their strength has now been reduced to four, after most of its members had defected to the Congress.

The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), which has three members in the Khasi council, also shared a similar view.

“We are open to working with other regional parties in the district councils sans the Congress,” HSPDP leader Ardent M. Basaiawmoit said.

He, however, did not comment on how many seats his party will be able to win this time. “We have to wait till February 27 and after the results, everything will clear,” Basaiawmoit said.

The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), which has three members in the Khasi council, also showed inclination to work with the regional parties.

By all indications, the results in both the councils where polls were held yesterday, are likely to produce a mixed mandate with no party being able to secure absolute majority.

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