- Amit Shah is scheduled to visit the state on 28th September
- State Congress President Lapang warns Congress MLAs against meeting him
- Party won’t shy away from taking strict action, said Lapang
It’s only days before BJP National President Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Meghalaya to chalk out strategies for the upcoming assembly elections in the state, but the state Congress has already sprung in action.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president DD Lapang has issued a strict warning to Congress MLAs who maybe thinking about meeting the BJP Chief.
“The party will take stringent action against MLAs who meets Shah. We would not hesitate to tag these MLAs for indulging in ‘anti-party activities,” Lapang said while talking to the media.
He further said that the party MLAs should err on the side of caution when it comes to meeting Shah.
Meanwhile, the former Chief Minister also confirmed that the upcoming 2018 assembly elections would be his last.
“As of now, my strong opponent in the upcoming election is the sitting UDP MDC, Rona Khymdeit. But I am sure there will be many more candidates who would emerge just before the elections,” 84-year-old veteran politician said.
After a political career spanning 45 years, Lapang has finally decided to call it curtains. “I hope to win (serve the people for another five years) and then depart from this field,” he added.
Contesting as an independent candidate, MPCC president became the MLA from Nongpoh in 1972 for the first time.
Nongpoh constituency has been his stronghold since then and has lost only once, in 1993, from there. He is also a four-time chief minister of Meghalaya. Lapang first became the chief minister in 1992. He was again sworn in as CM in 2003 and in 2007. He became chief minister for a fourth time on May 13, 2009, after the state was under President’s Rule for 2 months.
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