Shillong: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), the oldest regional party in Meghalaya, on Thursday released its manifesto, promising to provide a clean and corrupt-free government and the creation of a separate Khasi-Jaintia state.
Releasing the party’s manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls, HSPDP president K. Phlastingwell Pangniang said the party would continue with its demand for the creation of a separate Khasi-Jaintia State as per Article 371 of the Constitution.
Reiterating its opposition to any proposal for uranium mining in the state, Pangniang said the party will oppose the extension of the railways in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region until an effective mechanism is put in place to deal with the problem of immigration and illegal immigrants in the state.
“Since the Meghalaya assembly has passed a resolution to implement the Inner Line Permit in the state. “We (HSPDP) demand that the central government implement the ILP in order to protect and safeguard indigenous people,” said the HSPDP supremo.
Pangniang said the party also demanded the central government resolve the ongoing inter-state boundary dispute with Assam.
In its manifesto, the HSPDP also promised to introduce a “strong policy” to create job opportunities and revamp the state job reservation policy.
Meanwhile, the HSPDP also released the second list of poll candidates for the Assembly polls, fielding former Power Minister Martle Mukhim from the Mawkynrew assembly constituency, former Nationalist Congress Party leader and veteran journalist Starfing Jove Langpe Pdahkasiej from the Mawsynram constituency, Wyraiwan Sohtun from Mawryngkneng, and Sandondor Ryntathiang from the Sohiong assembly constituency.
In 2018 Meghalaya assembly elections, the HSPDP which stitched an alliance with the United Democratic Party (UDP), managed to win only two assembly seats—Sohiong and Mawkyrwat in Samlin Malngiang and Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar. Malngiang has joined the National People’s Party, while Renikton is with the UDP.