Shillong: National People’s Party (NPP) MLA and Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday claimed that five Congress MLAs are supporting the MDA government because of its sincere efforts in taking up important issues.

Tynsong said the party is yet to receive any official application showing their interest to join the NPP. He said they are simply supporting the MDA government and that there is nothing more.

Backing the five Congress MLAs, the NPP leader said people should take it as a positive sign that they are coming together to work with the government.

The recent political development in Meghalaya had raised many eyebrows over the five Congress MLAs, who were recently suspended, for supporting the MDA government.

Asked where these five MLAs stand in the House, Tynsong said they still belong to the Congress unless a termination letter comes in. “If termination letter comes that’s a different situation. If expulsion takes place then they become Independent MLAs,” said Tynsong.

Recalling his statement of taking a dig at the Opposition Congress by calling it a sinking ship, Tynsong said “the sinking ship has finally sunk” though the five MLAs are still with the Congress party.

“In the first slot, 12 MLAs joined the All India Trinamool Congress Party (AITC) and now the five…they didn’t join any party but only gave unconditional support to the MDA government led by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. From our end (MDA), we welcome the five MLAs giving their support,” said Tynsong.

According to the deputy chief minister, the MLAs must have seen how the government has handled few sensitive and important issues like the Sweepers Colony issue.

On February 8, 2022, five Congress MLAs – Ampareen Lyngdoh, PT Sawkmie, Mayralborn Syiem, Mohendro Rapsang and Kimfa Marbaniang – decided to extend their support to the ruling MDA government. 

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