By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 06, 2018:
Just hours after two HSPDP MLAs attended the swearing-in-ceremony of Conrad Sangma as the new Chief Minister, HSPDP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit tendered his resignation on Tuesday afternoon citing failure to command authority and order in his party.
His decision came after the two newly elected party MLAs attended the ceremony on Tuesday morning despite the party’s direction for the duo to refrain from taking part in the ceremony.
Basaiawmoit submitted his resignation letter to the party vice president here on Tuesday.
According to the letter, Ardent said that he has taken this decision as he has failed as a leader to achieve the party’s aims and objectives.
In the letter, Ardent said that his authority was undermined. “It makes no sense for me to lead the party because as a leader, I could not handle my own MLAs,” Ardent stated in the letter.
On Monday, the party chief had asked the party MLAs — Samlin Malngiang and Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar not to attend the swearing-in ceremony to project the party’s discontentment over the UDP’s projection of Conrad Sangma as the chief minister.
Interestingly, one of its MLAs — Samlin Malngiang has also been inducted as a new cabinet minister of the Conrad led coalition government.
Ardent had earlier stated that the UDP had not taken the party’s trust into consideration while projecting Conrad as the new CM.
Furthermore, the HSPDP had also stated that it favours a non-Congress and non-BJP government of Meghalaya. But the facts remains– that the BJP is part of the coalition government under the leadership of Conrad Sangma.
It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance is a coalition of the NPP, UDP, BJP, HSPDP, PDF and one independent.