Prominent Congress leaders resign from party

Shillong, Dec 1: In a jolt to the Congress two veteran party workers in Meghalaya on Wednesday resigned from the party.

The two are Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), working president James Lyngdoh and one of the general secretaries, Dr. Manash Das Gupta.

Lyngdoh while announcing his resignation from the Congress said that the decline of the party started the day veteran party leader and former Chief Minister, D. D. Lapang was unceremoniously removed as MPCC president just prior to the 2018 Assembly elections.

“On December 28, 2017 he met Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and on December 31, 2017 he was asked to resign from the post of MPCC president,” Lyngdoh told reporters.

According to him, Celestine Lyngdoh who replaced Lapang hardly took interest in the party affairs and as the MPCC  chief never came to the party office nor campaigned in the subsequent MLA, MDC of MP elections.

Lyngdoh said that matters came to a head when Shillong Lok Sabha MP, Vincent H. Pala was appointed as MPCC president.

Lyngdoh said that he was sidelined by the incumbent MPCC president.

He also said that as per convention of the party there was no meeting between the working president, Congress Legislature Party leader and MPCC president to make appointments to the posts of general secretaries and treasurer.

Meanwhile, Dr. Manash Das Gupta in his resignation letter stated, “I resign from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress with immediate effect after having served the party for 36 long years and also having served as general secretary, MPCC for 14 years.”

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