Shillong, Dec 2: The beleaguered Congress which faced defections of 12 MLAs and subsequent resignations of party members on Thursday has put up a brave face.
A week after the merging of 12 of its legislators with the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), the five remaining Congress MLAs met as the Congress Legislature Party (CLP).
Addressing media persons after the meeting, CLP leader, Ampareen Lyngdoh informed that the party has decided to file a petition seeking disqualification against two more MLAs – Charles Pyngrope and Shitlang Pale who deserted the party.
“We will file the petition against the two with the Assembly Speaker on December 10,” Lyngdoh said.
The CLP leader also said that the Congress did not file a petition in the first instance as a matter of “strategy” without divulging it.
She also said that after the 12 MLAs left the Congress the Block Congress Committees in these constituencies have been dissolved and the party will put in all efforts to strengthen it again in Meghalaya.
“We stand five members strong. We are not disheartening nor are we looking back. We will go forward and be productive for people of Meghalaya,” Lyngdoh said.
The CLP leader also said that the Congress plans to bring in new faces and will also try to include women candidates who have the winnability factor.
She also said that the party after the desertion of the 12 legislators have ensured sympathizers were strip off their responsibilities.
Lyngdoh also said that the Congress will take up issue of the state like non payment of salaries in various sector for casual and ad-hoc employees.
She also said that the government have so far not been able to pay the salaries of the Samagra Siksha Abhiyan teachers.
The CLP leader also urged the State government to call the agitating employees of the various municipal boards, who have not received their salaries, for a dialogue.
The trucks collecting garbage are on strike. If not called for dialogue, the civic amenities will suffer seriously,” Lyngdoh said.
Meanwhile, Mawlai MLA, Process T Sawkmie has urged the government to convene a special session of the Assembly so that the members can be informed of the outcome of the report of the regional committees on the border dispute with Assam.
Sawkmie also urged the government to convince Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to announce the implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state when he visits Meghalaya during the Golden Jubilee celebration of the statehood day on January 21, 2022.