UDP pledges to bring about political stability in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Feb 21 (UNI) Pledging to provide political stability, the United Democratic Party (UDP) today appealed to the 12.30 lakh-strong electorate in Meghgalaya to cast their votes in favour of the UDP.

''We have the best team to offer and pledge our collective effort for restoration of the pristine glory of the state, that has been long lost,'' UDP president and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy said, while releasing the party's manifesto here.

Harping on political stability, the UDP chief alleged that divisions and factionalism within the Congress, the major ally of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government had marred the development of the state.

''Being one of the partners in the MDA, the UDP had tried its best to maintain political stabiltity in the state and contributed immensely, without which the scenario would have been more disastrous,'' Dr Roy claimed.

''In the last 35 years, Meghalaya has seen 18 coalition governments. The state has lost the creditbility it once enjoyed, due to corrupt practices, lack of responsibility and dedication, inefficiency, indiscpline and poor leadership,'' the UDP chief said.

Dr Roy said his party would assure better political stability, health facilities, economic growth, improved work culture, transparency in admnistration sans corruption and discplined policing for peace and security.

Appealing to the people living in the border areas to vote in favour of the party, the UDP reiterated its stand on the need of re-opening of traditional border trade with Bangladesh, to help the border people in their trade and commerce.

The UDP also assured creation of fresh job oppurtunities for the unemployed youths, protection of the environment, flora and fauna, introduction of modern agricultural technology, besides other facilities.

''Given the chance, we shall leave no stone unturned to translate all the dreams and aspirations of the people of Meghalaya into reality,'' the UDP chief said.

The UDP, fighting the March three Assembly elections alone, has fielded 54 candidates, including four women candidates, for the 60-member House.

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