Dangngo denies move to leave NPP

Shillong, Jan 14: Former Assembly Speaker Martin M Danggo has categorically denied allegations that he would leave the National People’s Party (NPP) to go back to the Congress.

“There is absolutely no truth in this and the allegations are totally baseless,” Danggo, also a former MLA of Ranikor constituency, said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

He however admitted that the Congress had approached and offered him to join back the party and said, “I have refused to accept their offer as of now.”

Danggo further termed the allegations as an attempt to create misunderstanding between him and the chief minister Conrad K Sangma, who is also the national president of the NPP. “To say that the chief minister has mistreated me is not true at all,” he said.

The former MLA said in fact he is very grateful to the chief minister for giving the Ranikor Civil Sub-division and for appointed him as the Co-chairman of the State Planning Board, which is equivalent to a cabinet minister rank.

“Therefore all these rumours are being spread by some people to create misunderstand between the chief minister and me,” he said.

Danggo also maintained that he would not take any decision without the knowledge of the NPP national president, the state president and leaders. “If I am to take such decision (to leave the party), I would first resign from the party and as Co-chairman of the state planning board,” he said.