SHILLONG, Feb 25 - Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Coordination Committee will sit shortly to take a call on the demand of the UDP to disassociate the BJP from the ruling coalition. UDP is a coalition partner of MDA.
�We do not want to have the partners of our MDA coalition uncomfortable. We will sit and discuss in the MDA coordination meeting and take a call on the matter,� Tynsong, who is also a senior leader of the National People�s Party (NPP) said on Monday.
UDP senior leader, Allantry Dkhar had stated on Sunday that the UDP is no longer comfortable to work with the BJP in the coalition after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) issue took centre stage.
He had also claimed that the feelings of the other coalition partners are also the same on the issue and it is for the NPP to decide on it as it is leading the coalition.
�You cannot say that it is for the NPP to decide. The NPP cannot decide on its own and we need to sit and decide collectively,� said Tynsong.
�We want to sit together and discuss the arithmetic, pros and cons and move ahead together to take a collective final decision,� Tynsong added.
Reacting to the turn of political events, the leader of the State BJP party and also the Health Minister, AL Hek has reiterated the commitment of his party to the coalition and said that the State BJP had stood together to oppose the CAB and that the BJP has never betrayed the alliance and it will stick together with the alliance.
He recalled that even in 2008 during the MPA Government, the UDP was happily working with the BJP.
It may be mentioned that the MDA coalition comprises of 20 MLAs from NPP, seven from UDP, four from Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), two from BJP, two from Hill State People�s Democratic Party (HSPDP), one from NCP and independents.