HSPDP joins allies to steer clear of MDA bloopers

SHILLONG, Nov 20: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party followed some of the MDA coalition partners to distance itself from the allegations of corruption and illegal activities against the Meghalaya government.
“We may be under the same umbrella but we had joined the government for our own issues,” HSPDP president KP Pangniang said.
“There are allegations of mishandling the Saubhagya scheme but as partners in the MDA government, we did not forget to raise questions and demanded an inquiry against any allegation,” he said, asserting his party never remained silent.
He further said the HSPDP was vocal about its opposition to the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Act.
Pangniang avoided commenting on whether his party was powerless and allowed the National People’s Party to call the shots.
The United Democratic Party had earlier voiced its displeasure about the deal signed by Meghalaya to settle the first phase of the decades-old boundary dispute with Assam. The UDP said the memorandum of understanding needed to be relooked but did not seem to mean it.
“Politics is determined by numbers, which the UPD lacks to have a final word on any matter,” UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh had said.

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