Congress Legislators to resign today, 2 NPP senior leaders to join BJP

5 Cong Mlas resign in Meghalaya

5 Cong Mlas resign in Meghalaya

Lyngdoh is a cabinet Minister in Chief Minister Mukul Sangma's cabinet.

Shillong/Guwahati: In what may be seen as a major setback for the ruling Congress party in the frontier state of Meghalaya, eight MLAs including five from Congress party on Friday resigned from their membership of the state assembly to join National Peoples Party (NPP).

The legislators, including deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, blamed the chief minister's "autocratic style of functioning" for their decision and indicated that they, along with three other legislators who have also resigned, will be joining the Opposition National People's Party at a mega-rally scheduled to be held next week. "If the party did not change the leadership, the Congress may go down", Lyngdoh said. Speaking to media persons after submitting his resignation as member of the House, veteran legislator from Mawkyrwat, Rowell Lyngdoh said that although he was not against the Congress as a party yet he was compelled to quit it.

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.

Rahul Gandhi removed former CM DD Lapang as state unit president.

On Friday, eight MLAs of the Meghalaya Assembly, including those from the Congress, quit as lawmakers and joined the NPP, a party founded by the former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma.

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Among the others who are present in the Election Committee are Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Vincent H. Pala, James S. Lyngdoh, D.D. Lapang, Debora C. Marak, M.M. Danggo, R.C. Laloo, Kennedy C. Khyriem, Cherak W. Momin, Charles Pyngrope, R.V. Lyngdoh, Joplin Scott Shylla. Four of the five Congress Legislators were part of the state Cabinet earlier and had been sulking ever since Sangma once sacked them on alleged ground of incompetence. After his decision, eight other legislators chose to resign from the party to join National People's Party (NPP).

Pointing out to one instance, Tynsong informed media person that he had warned the Chief Minister over the hurriedly passed the Prevention of Disqualification (Member of Legislative Assembly Meghalaya) Amendment Bill, 2015.

Hitting out at the chief minister, Rowell said, "The autocratic style of functioning of the chief minister had made it hard for me and others to function in the government".

Accusing chief minister Sangma of practicing "one-upmanship", Tynsong, however, said, "Despite his negativity, there is also a positive side too".

"We saw where we have landed ourselves laughing stock", Tynsong said. Mukul (Sangma) is a good leader.

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