HSPDP releases manifesto

Shillong, Jan. 25: The Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) today vowed to resolve the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, demolish the joint cadre system of the all-India civil services and also promised to renew its fight for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state.

These and other issues were highlighted in the manifesto of the oldest regional political party of the state for the February 23 Assembly polls, released today by veteran legislator Hoping Stone Lyngdoh.

The HSPDP is also the first in the state to release an election manifesto for the polls.

The issues relating to the creation of a separate Khasi-Jaintia state, which should include areas under the erstwhile United Khasi Jaintia Hills district, resolution of the inter-state boundary dispute and opposition to uranium mining, have always featured in the party's manifesto in every election.

However, with poor representation in the state legislature, the party has not been able to effectively work on such issues, although Lyngdoh has been the most vocal legislator when it came to the inter-state boundary dispute and uranium mining.

As electioneering picks up, the HSPDP, which has so far fielded 12 candidates in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, is optimistic of improving its tally in the Assembly.


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