Ending the two-day political drama in the State, the UDP and PDF today decided to extend support to the NPP-led government.
A delegation of UDP MLAs comprising of Lahkmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla and Pius Marwein along with senior UDP leader Allantry F. Dkhar today met NPP president Conrad Sangma at his residence here and handed over a letter of support to him signed by UDP president Metbah Lyngdoh.
“Congratulations on your party’s performance resulting in the resounding victory. In light of the people’s mandate, I on behalf of the parliamentary party of the UDP do hereby extend support for government formation,” Lyngdoh said in the letter.
Similarly, the two PDF MLAs – Gavin M. Mylliem and Banteidor Lyngdoh also met Sangma and handed their letter of support to him.
“The PDF would like to submit a letter of support for the formation of a government as an outcome of the recently concluded general elections in order to ensure stability of the government and also to work in unity for the prosperity of the State and its people as a whole. The party is looking forward to working once again with the NPP-led government,” said the letter signed by Mylliem and Lyngdoh.
With the support from UDP and PDF, the NPP-led government now has 45 MLAs in its fold. These include 26 from NPP, 11 from UDP, two from BJP, two from HSPDP, two from PDF and two independents.
The BJP, HSPDP and independents were the first to extend support to the NPP-led government.
The opposition now is left with only the Trinamool Congress (5), Congress (5) and Voice of the People Party (4).
Earlier, the UDP had called a meeting on March 3 with leaders of Trinamool Congress, Congress, Voice of the People Party, HSPDP and PDF to try to form an alternative government minus NPP and BJP.
However, the move failed as two MLAs of HSPDP switched sides and extended their support to the NPP-led government.
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