Meghalaya MP
File image of Meghalaya MP Vincent H Pala

Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President has stated that the party won’t succumb to pressure in the wake of 12 of his party MLAs joining the Trinamool Congress.

Pala expressed surprise at Charles Pyngrope leaving the party. He added that Congress has been out of power, hence the others may have left the party and that his (Pala’s) appointment was an excuse.

“Most of the leaders were in power, now, they are out of power, so definitely, they will be restless. So that must be one of the reasons. My appointment as president is not done by me. It was a demand by the MLAs and MDCs. The AICC consulted with the leaders twice, and I think they left not because of my appointment but because (we have been) out of power for some time. My appointment is an excuse, and I knew from before that they were planning to leave. We (the party) were prepared. We have done a lot of activities and have been touring from one constituency to other in the last three days,” added Pala.

Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said Meghalaya people don’t abandon ship. “It doesn’t matter if leaders horse trade. I feel if the people of Meghalaya want to change, they should vote for change. Don’t be disheartened, and doesn’t matter since this is an opportunity for the state of Meghalaya to be given a completely new face of politicians who will not be bought easily and who will not shift camps easily.”

She added that the ‘drama in the state’ is taking the state towards a big economical and political slump. “We have just seen how all the issues unfold before us, thank God, the voice of the Congress will fight for the people of Meghalaya,” added Lyngdoh.

Lyngdoh claims that this move will not make Congress shiver and that they are a party and will continue to build their forces. The MPCC president has informed that they are also in touch with their lawyers, and a legal fight will be taken because the mandate was given to Congress.

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