The People’s Democratic Front (PDF) has said it has not “dissolved” its party but a “merger” of two political parties.
The PDF which has two MLAs will merge with the NPP on May 6.
“It should be clear that we did not dissolve the party. This is a case of merger, where two parties combine to make it one,” PDF President Gavin M Mylliem stated.
Speaking to reporters after the general council meeting today to officially announce the merger move, he said, “As a party we have been working together with the NPP-led MDA government for the last five years and through a series of discussions most of the members are politically inclined to the NPP considering the ideologies laid down in its manifesto.”
Mylliem said that the party will also sign a merger document with then NPP and the conditions laid by it will be made public tomorrow.
Asked if the PDF would get one ministerial berth in the MDA cabinet after its merger with NPP, he said cabinet berth is left to the wisdom of the chief minister.
Giving details about his role after joining the NPP, Mylliem said that he has been assigned the role of advisor of the Health and Family Welfare department, and Banteidor Lyngdoh as advisor of the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department.
On how the merger will benefit the other party workers, Mylliem said the NPP has assured that it will reorganise its structure in the coming month and PDF members will also be accommodated.
The proposed merger will also increase the strength of the NPP to 28 in the current House of 59.
Further, if NPP wins the May 10 Assembly elections from Sohiong constituency, its strength will further go up to 29 in the 60-member House.
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