Four Meghalaya ex-MLAs join BJP

Four Meghalaya ex-MLAs join BJP

Four Meghalaya ex-MLAs join BJP

Unlike in the previous years where political instability always took the front seat, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma ensures political stability and managed to convince his political opponents, who were once all set to oust him from the hot seat.

A day after five Congress MLAs resigned from the Meghalaya Assembly to contest the upcoming polls on the ticket of NDA-affiliated National People's Party (NPP), Congress president Rahul Gandhi today removed former Chief Minister DD Lapang as state unit president and replaced him with Celestine Lyngdoh.

The eight legislators who resigned their membership in the state assembly included Siawbhalang Dhar (Nartiang), Comingone Ymbon (Raliang), Hopeful Bamon (Sutnga Saipung), Stephanson Mukhim (Amlarem), Prestone Tynsong (Pynursula), Remington Pyngrope (Mawkynriew), Rowell Lyngdoh (Mawkyrwat) and Ngaitlang Dhar (Umroi).

The strength of the Congress in the 60-member assembly has now further depleted to 24 from 29.

According to Tynsong, the Congress MLAs would also resigned from the primary membership of the party tomorrow.

When asked why he chose to join the NPP, Lyngdoh said that the party was on the upsurge in the State even as he added that it was not very much different from the Congress.

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It may be mentioned that till 2016, Lyngdoh was the Deputy Chief Minister of the State before he was dropped by the Chief Minister from the Cabinet.

All the eight sitting MLAs will be submitting their resignation to Assembly Speaker, Abu Taher Mondal on Friday at 11 am.

"We are joining the NPP on January 4 at a rally at Pologrounds", Rowell told reporters, adding that it was a hard decision to leave the Congress but he was compelled to do so "because of the people".

Confirming the development, BJP state unit president Shibun Lyngdoh said the four legislators include A.L. Hek of the Congress, Sanbor Shullai of the NCP and two Independents - Justine Dkhar and Robinus Syngkon.

"The main problem is that he (Dr Sangma) hardly consulted. This is not the way of running the government", Tynsong said.

Out of the five Congress MLAs of Meghalaya, who resigned, four were ministers in the state government and were dropped by Chief Minister Sangma for "incompetence". He said that he had advised the chief minister to get the expert opinion of the Election Commission of India and other legal experts before passing of the bill. Mr Tynsong said that he had problem with the Chief Minister over his style of functioning.

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