UDP leader Paul Lyngdoh has said he is not interested to contest the upcoming MP elections due to heavy workload.
Lyngdoh told reporters that it is not about him or others wanting to contest the MP polls from the UDP ticket, but about the party assessment.
“It is the party that will select who will be its MP candidate. The procedure is that the interested candidate should come forward, and since I am both an MLA and MDC, I already have a heavy workload. I have no interest in coming forward for the MP election,” he said.
Lyngdoh said “elderly personalities” have shown their eagerness and about four to five candidates have approached the party expressing their willingness to contest the elections on UDP ticket.
The UDP had recently constituted an election committee, which will also play a crucial role in the MP and the MDC elections.
Those in contention from the UDP for the Shillong Parliamentary seat are former Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) president Robertjune Kharjahrin, Khasi Authors’ Society president D Rockyer L. Nonglait and former Mawlai MLA Process T. Sawkmie.
Sources in the UDP said that Kharjahrin is likely to be the party candidate for next year’s Lok Sabha polls from Shillong parliamentary seat.