SHILLONG, June 19 2017: The congress party in the state is likely going to suffer a major blow with reports suggesting that its prominent sitting congress legislators vying for a ticket from the National People’s Party (NPP), just few months before the state goes to polls.
Sources also informed that there is a major paradigm shift of interest of party deserters and individuals alike from the saffron brigade towards other national party like the NPP.
Prominent congress leader and cabinet minister, Prestone Tynsong who recently detested suggestions made by the youth congress projecting incumbent CM Dr Mukul Sangma for the top post in the next elections is vying for an NPP ticket, sources informed.
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Tynsong will contest the upcoming assembly polls 2018 from NPP ticket and is communicating with the NPP through another sitting congress legislator Sniawbhalang Dhar, if the reports of the sources from NPP and congress is anything to go by with.
Cabinet Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar was recently alleged of indulging into anti-party activities and is awaiting response from the disciplinary committee examining the allegation.
Recently, Tynsong had also taken exception to the party, especially its youth wing, the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress, for projecting Chief Minister Mukul Sangma as the next leader after 2018 polls.
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However, when contacted, Tynsong denied these reports stating that “I am not aware of this. It not a question of denying as I have never discussed anything with anyone about this and rumours are rumours”.
He also denied reports about him planning to quit the congress party.
However, sources from the congress and NPP have confirmed the report of Tynsong looking for a ticket from the NPP.
Whether or not he shifts to NPP remains to be seen, but the reports of legislators and members from other parties shifting their allegiance to any party other than the BJP is again a stark reality that the BJP is confronted with, which until the notification which bans trade of cattle for slaughter was the top most choice of those who wish to shift allegiance.
BJP , State president, Shibun Lyngdoh is all but worried over this development and said, “From all angle be it the congress, UDP or HSPDP they have sent us feelers to join the party and they are only waiting for the right which will be maybe after the month of July”.
Asked if the beef issue that rocked the country and evoked reactions from all quarters of the society was working as a deterrent for the deserters from other parties to join the BJP as is the reported case of the two cabinet ministers vying for tickets from the NPP, Lyngdoh said, “I don’t know about that and I don’t see that the new cattle trade rules is affecting the BJP or is working as a deterrent for others to join the party”.
“The people have realised that it is nothing but mere propaganda,” he added.