Exodus of some Congress legislators will have no impact on the party’s electoral fortune in Meghalaya. Former Meghalaya chief minister, D D Lapang on Tuesday claimed that the Congress party in the state “still stands united” and is under no treat because of the rapid exodus of the sitting legislators.
Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday afternoon at his residence in Shillong, the veteran politician said some of the legislators who were not comfortable have left the party. “But, those who left could not go lock, stock and barrel. The grassroots supporters are still with us,” Lapang claimed.
Eight Congress legislators – Prestone Tynsong, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Ngaitlang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon and Rowell Lyngdoh, PN Syiem, AL Hek and Justine Dkhar left the party.
The veteran Congress leader lambasted former minister Prestone Tynsong for his silence on the allegations that he had raised that CM Mukul Sangma was a dictator. “Why did Tynsong blame the CM only after he was dropped from the ministry?” he questioned.
Lapang said the Congress is fortunate to get some promising new faces to contest the upcoming state assembly election. Jelington Ryndong of Congress will fight against Prestone Tynsong, retired bureaucrat HM Shangpliang will contest against PN Syiem, former Home Commissioner Jopthiaw Lyngdoh will contest against Sniawbhalang Dhar and George Lyngdoh will face Ngaitlang Dhar.
The former chief minister said the exodus of the MLAs will not have any negative impact on the electoral prospect of the Congress. “There will be no negative impact. I believe in the principle that no one is indispensable,” he said.