Meghalaya Polls: Congress Veterans To Quit Party Before Elections
- Two Senior Leaders of Congress are planning to quit the party
- They are to take the decision before Assembly polls
- These leaders are unhappy with the functioning of the party
The two veteran leaders of Meghalaya Congress are planning to quit the party before the assembly polls as they are unhappy with the functioning of CM Mukul Sangma-led government in the state. This is the third time when the party is facing such condition being on the verge of Assembly Elections.
Intention of joining NPP
The Congress of Meghalaya is under the state of shock as two of its veteran leaders are planning to quit the party before Assembly Elections in the state.
The leaders including former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh and former cabinet minister Prestone Tynsong decided to leave Congress.
In a statement, Lyngdoh said, “I have the intention of joining the NPP as the Congress’ ticket on which I was elected had betrayed me and the people.”
Claiming that he and his ‘friends’ were ignored by the chief minister, he said they would resign from Congress and join the NPP the moment the elections are announced.
On the other hand, Mr. Tynsong said, “I am not happy with the way the chief minister functions as a leader. I will resign very soon, maybe before the last session under the present government.”
As per the sources in the Congress, there were at least three more MLAs who would not contest the next Assembly polls on party tickets.
Mr. Lyngdoh, Mr. Tynsong, and the other three MLAs have been removed from their positions in the party or the government this year.
Leaders not contesting the polls
This is not the first time when the leaders of Congress seen reluctant from the type of working of the party. As two veteran leaders have decided to quit the party, two others have decided to not to contest in the polls next year.
One of the leaders includes Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya RC Laloo who recently announced that he is not going to contest for the upcoming 2018 assembly polls in the state due to some personal reasons.
As per the sources, Laloo faced opposition from within the party as his colleague in the cabinet Sniawbhalang Dhar had publicly announced that he is supporting the candidature of his brother-in-law W Shylla for party tickets.
This may be considered as one of the reasons why he is seen reluctant to contest the upcoming elections in the state.
The other leader who shuns herself from the elections is the Health and Family Welfare Minister Roshan Warjri. She also made the announcement lately and said she too is facing some personal issues that is why she will contest in the upcoming elections in 2018.
Warjri, the sitting legislator of Shillong North took the decision as according to her she is incapable to contest this time due to some personal reasons. This is not the first time when she kept aside from the polls.
The Assembly Polls of 2003 was the time when she kept herself away from contesting the polls. Therefore, this is the second time she is taking the decision to not to contest in the Assembly Polls.
Warjri, while representing Mawkhar constituency between 1998-2003 decided not to contest the 2003 Assembly elections. Later after a gap of ten years, she makes her comeback in the politics of Meghalaya.