More trouble for Meghalaya Congress: Two more leaders resign

SHILLONG: A senior Congress member of the State resigned on Wednesday stating that he had to leave the party after a culmination of a series of events.

Working president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), James Lyngdoh blamed a series of events culminating in the appointment of Vincent H. Pala for his decision. Lyngdoh said that he joined the Congress in 1988 and was in the party for 33 years holding many posts.

The former MPCC working president said that the decline of the party started on December 31, 2017 prior to the 2018 Assembly polls when veteran Congressman and former Chief Minister, D. D. Lapang was asked by the AICC to vacate the post of MPCC president and Celestine Lyngdoh was appointed in his place. He also said that soon after Lyngdoh’s appointment, the party decided to again issue forms to ticket aspirants even as the candidates had been decided much earlier.

The former MPCC working president also said that Lyngdoh as the MPCC chief then, did not campaign in the subsequent election to the legislative assembly, autonomous district council and MP elections or visited the party office.

Lyngdoh also criticized the present MPCC president, Pala for backing away from a resolution that the party had made before the 2019 MP polls. “We had then decided as a party that any MPC schemes should be routed through the block Congress committees. But after he (Pala) won, he doled out schemes for Mylliem and Sohra without the block Congress committees’ knowledge,” the former MPCC working president said.

Lyngdoh also said that after Pala was appointed as the party chief in the State, he was sidelined. “My work as administrator in the party was taken away. I had no work and was left in search of work,” Lyngdoh.

The former Congressman also accused the party of deliberately losing the bye-elections to the three Assembly seats held on October 30. Lyngdoh questioned as to why the state unit of the party had to appoint Ampareen Lyngdoh as the convenor for the Mawrynkneng seat, when Charles Pyngrope, a former MLA from the constituency and father of David Nongrum – who held the seat, was there.

“They wanted to lose the seat so that Charles Pyngrope will be forced to contest from Mawryngkneng (in 2023). This was proved when RG Lyngdoh was appointed as the ad hoc president of Nongthymmai block Congress committee,” Lyngdoh added.

Lyngdoh also accused Pala of sidelining Himalaya Shangpliang and George Lyngdoh, MLAs, after he was made MPCC president.

Meanwhile, another Congress leader from the State, Dr. Manash Das Gupta also resigned from the party. “I resign from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress with immediate effect after having served the party for 36 long years and also having served as general secretary, MPCC for 14 years,” Dr. Das Gupta said in his resignation letter.

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