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UDP will secure 20 to 25 seats, says Lanong

SHILLONG: United Democratic Party (UDP) senior leader Bindo M Lanong has claimed that the regional party alone would secure between 20 and 25 seats in the Assembly elections scheduled to be held next year.
“We have got very good candidates everywhere and we will get 20-25 seats,” Lanong said while adding that the party has already started its preparations to contest the elections in a big way.
Lanong also informed that the final list of the party would be released within this month.
UDP, which is the leading Opposition party in the state, had in September released its first list of 28 candidates who will contest the 2018 Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, the senior UDP leader also took a jibe at the National People’s Party saying that most of the leaders who have joined the party have problems in their own respective parties and they were even denied tickets by their parties.
Several politicians from the state including Prestone Tynsong, Rowell Lyngdoh besides UDPs Remington Pyngrope are set to contest the Assembly elections from NPP.
“Judging from their present strength in the state with two MLAs, I don’t see a jump for them in hundreds,” Lanong said.
Lanong also prophesised that the NPP at the most would get around 8-10 seats in the Assembly elections.
The UDP has forged an alliance with HSPDP and GNC. While discussions for most of the seats with HSPDP are over, the party is also holding parleys with GNC for several seats in Garo Hills.

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