Northeast News| Meghalaya: Describing the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance as a “loose association”, Meghalaya Assembly Speaker  and  United Democratic Party (UDP) Chief, Donkupar Roy on Wednesday said that NEDA has nothing to do with upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the region.
 “NEDA is a loose association which is not even a written association or has a written agreement. We (UDP) are fighting the elections on our own and have nothing to do with them (NEDA),” he told journalists.
The UDP, which snapped ties with the NEDA over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, has nominated Jemino Mawthoh as the candidate from Shillong Lok Sabha seat.
NEDA formed by BJP in 2016, is a platform of non-Congress parties from the northeast.
Political parties barring the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government are supporting Mawthoh’s candidature.
Asked if the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be UDP’s election agenda, Roy said, “Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not our issue. It is an issue of the MP (Member of Parliament). It will not be an agenda since there are different agendas.”
 On BJP’s decision to fight the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the UDP leader said, “BJP contesting separately will not affect us (UDP). In fact, BJP going alone will prove wrong the allegation of Congress that UDP and NPP are having nexus. Moreover, it will prove that we don’t have any connection with the BJP.”
Claiming that Congress party will be further decimated in the Northeastern states after the results of the Lok Sabha elections, Roy said, “The Congress position in the Northeastern states will go down in the region since they have lost power in all the Northeastern states.”

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