Shillong: Meghalaya's youngest political party Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) on Monday merged with United Democratic Party with an aim to fight the 2013 Assembly elections unitedly against the Congress.

KHNAM lone legislator Paul Lyngdoh and two of its representatives at the Autonomous District Council James Ban Basaiawmoit and Latiplang Kharkongor and a few party workers signed the merger here.

The KHNAM, a political party that has its roots in the influential Khasi Students' Union (KSU), was dissolved on November 26 through a voice vote at its general council.

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister and UDP MLA B M Lanong said, "The merger (of KHNAM and UDP) is an act of political sagacity of youngsters which will go a long way in ushering a new hope and new political dimension in the state".

However, the Hill State Peoples' Democratic Party (HSPDP), having two MLAs, is opposed to the merger of all regional parties.

(Agencies)