In a setback to the Congress in Meghalaya ahead of Assembly elections, eight MLAs including five from Congress, on Friday resigned from the Assembly to contest the polls on the ticket of National People’s Party (NPP), which is part of NDA.
The Congress legislators, who include former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, former cabinet ministers Prestone Tynsong, Coming One Ymbon, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Ngaitlang Dhar submitted their resignation letters to Assembly commissioner and secretary Andrew Simon.
Apart from the five Congress legislators, the three others are United Democratic Party legislator Remington Pyngrope and Independents Hopeful Bamon and Stephanson Mukhim.
The resignations come after Congress legislator PN Syiem, who is also the chief executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, resigned as member of the Assembly and joined the newly-floated People’s Democratic Front.
Moreover, veteran Congress legislators — state Congress president and four-time chief minister DD Lapang, incumbent deputy chief minister Roytre Christopher Laloo and health and family welfare minister Roshan Warjri — have been declared “retired” from electoral politics.
‘We (Congress legislators) have put in our papers since the leadership (Chief Minister Mukul Sangma) in the state has failed to meet the aspirations of the people, besides the style of functioning of the chief minister,’ Tynsong said.
But while he accused Sangma of practising ‘one-upmanship’, Tynsong also said, ‘Despite his negativity, there is also a positive side. Mukul is a good leader. He is courageous, whatever he says we had to do it.’