After PN Syiem, is Meghalaya Congress now going after its MP Vincent Pala ?

SHILLONG: In what seems to be a never-ending political rivalry between members of the congress party in Meghalaya, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has now resolved to issue a complaint to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) against Shillong MP Vincent H Pala for his anti-party speeches.

This decision came days after the suspension of KHADC CEM PN Syiem from the congress party and the subsequent resignation of five Congress MDCs from the party.

With this complaint which has been allegedly sent about its own MP the Meghalaya Congress has clearly indicated that it will not take any dissent against its present leadership which is DD Lapang in the party and Mukul Sangma at the Government level.

During a party meet held here on Monday, MPCC president DD Lapang said that in every decision or function that the party undertakes, Pala was never present and chooses to sideline himself from the party. “Based on these reports, we are compelled to apprise the party high command seeking its interference in the matter,” he added.

The Shillong MP who is known to be close of PN Syiem was unhappy with the decision of the MPCC and stated that he is not interested to raise a question on the rash decision taken by the party to suspend Syiem for 3 years from the party.

However, countering this statement, Lapang on Monday said “The party has given him (PN Syiem) enough time to resolve his differences, but nothing changed.”

Furthermore, he mentioned that the decision taken by the party to suspend Syiem was based on his refusal to take part in the election campaigns of the party for the upcoming by-polls to the KHADC and JHADC.

Meanwhile, he informed that he had failed to convince the 5 congress MDCs to stay and accepted their resignation on Monday. The five MDCs included – Neil Antonio War from Laitumkhrah-Malki, Banteidor Lyngdoh from Mawkynrew, Hadrian Lyngdoh from Mawkyrwat, Albinus Lyngdoh from Umroi and Victor Rani from Jirang.

With their resignations, the congress is left with only 6 MDCs in the KHADC that is including PN Syiem who is currently under suspension.

Interestingly, in a new twist to the political drama, five Congress MDCs have extended their support to the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) coalition led by suspended Congress member PN Syiem, thereby increasing its strength from 16 to 21.

Meanwhile, on this day, MPCC also announced dissolution of the Block Congress at Mawsynram and Mawkynrew, with the suspension of PN Syiem, who is also the MLA/MDC of Mawsynram and also following the resignation of MDC of Mawkynrew, Banteidor Lyngdoh.

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