The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee’s efforts under the leadership of newly-appointed president Vincent Pala failed to bring back the rebel Congress MLAs to the party.
Meghalaya is going to Assembly polls on February 27, 2018.
Meghalaya Congress chief Pala, who is also the Shillong Lok Sabha MP, has stated that he had a meeting with all the rebel legislators and urged them to come back to Congress but they have refused to return to the party stating that “it was too late”.
It may be mentioned that a number of Congress leaders including a minister and six party MLAs resigned from the party expressing dissatisfaction at the style and functioning of Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma.
Among the Congress leaders, who have resigned from the party included Meghalaya Power Minister Comingone Ymbon, Prestone Tynsong and Ngaitlang Dhar, who joined the NPP, former Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Rowell Lyngdoh, Sniawbhalang Dhar and PN Syiem. It may be mentioned that four of the six Congress MLAs were part of the Meghalaya Cabinet and were sacked by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on the grounds of ‘incompetence’.
Meanwhile, as per media report, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, CP Joshi, will chair a meeting of the Election Committee of the Meghalaya Congress on Tuesday.
Joshi is likely to arrive in SHillong on Monday evening. It is expected that Joshi in consultation with the Election Committee of the Meghalaya Congress would finalise the list of the party candidates for the ensuing Meghalaya Assembly polls which would be submitted before the party high command for approval.
On the other hand, it has also been reported that Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh, who is heading the Election Campaign Committee of the Meghalaya Congress, will also meet Joshi on Monday to discuss party’s poll strategy. Besides, a decision will also be taken regarding the star campaigners for the Assembly elections in Meghalaya.
As per reports, newly-elected president of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Rahul Gandhi is also likely to campaign for party candidates in the State.