Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday said that the issue of common candidate for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections slated for next year will have to be deliberated in the coordination committee of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).
Senior National People’s Party (NPP) leader Tynsong’s remark comes at a time when the United Democratic Party (UDP), an alliance partner in the government headed by NPP, is considering fielding its candidate from Shillong.
While speaking out his mind Tynsong said that MDA is the right forum to discuss this issue which consists of all the allies of the alliance.
Answering to some uncomfortable questions about the UDP insisting that party candidate should be given an opportunity to contest as the common candidate from the Shillong seat, Tynsong evaded by just saying that he had seen such reports on in media.
Again when asked on the UDP working president Bindo Mathew Lanong threat that a disagreement on common candidate may destabilize the coalition, Tynsong said that a formula will be worked out acceptable to all the allies.
He, however, said that the meeting of the coordination committee would be held only after Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma returns from abroad.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Agriculture Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh along with a delegation are presently in Paris participating at the Salon International de l’alimentation (SIAL) Paris 2018, one of world’s biggest food innovation exhibitions.
Tynsong, however, was tight-lipped on being asked if the NPP is considering contesting from both Shillong and Tura, saying the party is yet to think on those terms.