Setback for Congress; five MLAs resign in Meghalaya; heres whats expected next

Three other MLAs too have resigned from the assembly on this count itself

Setback for Congress; five MLAs resign in Meghalaya; heres whats expected next

In yet another debacle to Congress in north east post poll defeat in Himachal and Gujarat, five of the Congress leaders in Meghalaya have resigned from the assembly to contest poll again on the ticket of National People’s Party (NPP), which is part of NDA.

Three other MLAs too have resigned from the assembly on this count itself.

The Congress legislators having resigned includes former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, former cabinet ministers Prestone Tynsong, Coming One Ymbon, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Ngaitlang Dhar. These have 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.

The (National People’s Party) NPP, an ally of the BJP-led NDA central government, has two members in the Meghalaya Assembly. It was founded by former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma.

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