Meghalaya Congress

Shillong: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has said the party’s top brass will decide the fate of the five suspended Congress MLAs.

In February, Congress MLAs Ampareen Lyngdoh, PT Sawkmie, Mayralborn Syiem, Mohendro Rapsang and Kimfa Marbaniang extended support to the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, following which the MPCC issued a show-cause notice to the five MLAs.

The five MLAs are yet to respond to the notice.

MPCC working president PN Syiem said any further step lies with the party top brass, including whether they will be expelled from the party or not.

Syiem said the show cause notice has no timeframe and it is also not easy for the five MLAs to jump to a conclusion, as it is the voters and grassroots workers who elected them. Any decision taken without considering them might turn fatal in the upcoming 2023 Assembly polls, Syiem added.

Meanwhile, suspended Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said they don’t care what any leader has to say. Hinting at the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) party leader Dr Mukul Sangma, Lyngdoh said, “They know that if they were as lucrative a position as we are, we would all try to engage. So, it is wrong for any party to say it is sinister. It doesn’t matter let them interpret the way they feel. The five of us are in a good position, we are in a position of authority. We are in a position where officers are now looking at us, viewing our request from a different perspective. This will only be a gain for the constituency and nothing else.”

She also stated that they are looked at as a group of five MLAs free of political affiliations, which makes them like independent MLAs.

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