SHILLONG, May 10: Cabinet Minister and three-time Congress legislator Prestone Tynsong has taken exception to the party, especially its youth wing, the Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC), for projecting Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma as the Chief Ministerial candidate after the 2018 polls.
“It is the Congress Legislature Party that will decide on the next leader after the Assembly polls,” Tynsong said on Wednesday.
He also said that the State party leadership cannot take any decision on the matter as it is up to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to project any leader as the Chief Ministerial candidate.
He also pointed out that as far as Meghalaya is concerned, the Congress party never projected anyone as the Chief Ministerial candidate in any of the past elections.
In an earlier statement, MPYC president Richard Marak said that the people of Meghalaya have full faith in the Congress and the party will come back to power in 2018 and that Dr. Mukul Sangma will continue as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Tynsong’s statement only reaffirms the age old deep rooted political rumblings within the state Congress party which is famous for its plays for change in leadership surfacing a year or two after a Congress Chief Minister is sworn in.
Dissidents between the Congress MLAs had resurfaced this time around during the Dr. Sangma regime and reports of rebel Congress MLAs camping in New Delhi was also reported.
However, as the AICC would have it, the Congress party stuck on to the leadership of Dr Mukul Sangma as the Chief Minister and the rebels were left with nothing more than denial and excuses about their demand for change in leadership.