So far only the UDP, an ally of the NPP-led MDA government has named Donkupar's son Balajied Synrem as its candidate.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) of Meghalaya will meet next week to elect a new leader.

The move has been necessitated after the sudden demise of Dr Donkupar Roy Dkhar who passed away on July 28 last.

Also read: Donkupar Roy’s sudden demise sends UDP scrambling in Meghalaya

Late Dr Donkupar Roy has been the president of the UDP since 2003 till he breathed his last.

The meeting may also discuss with the six MLAs of the party on the need to nominate one of its MLAs for the Assembly Speaker’s post.

This was informed by UDP working president and minister Metbah Lyngdoh to the media on Thursday.

Lyngdoh also said that everything would depend on the collective decision of the party MLAs and along with the approval of the party as a whole.

Also read: Meghalaya: Some from family should step into Donkupar’s shoes: UDP

Dr Donkupar was the Speaker of the State Assembly from March 12, 2018.

The UDP has at present Bindo M Lanong as the senior most leader besides young leaders like Paul Lyngdoh, Jemino Mawthoh and few others.

There were speculations that UDP MLA from Amlarem who is also the education minister, Lahkmen Rymbui may be offered the Speaker’s post.

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