SHILLONG, May 17: The allegations of anti – party activities which have reportedly been indulged in by the incumbent Power Minister of Meghalaya, Sniawbhalang Dhar will be scrutinized by the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) before it decides on whether action needs to be taken against this senior Congress party member.
Informing this on Wednesday, MPCC president, Dr. DD Lapang said, “We will go according to the merit of the case.”
Asked whether the party would issue Dhar show cause, the veteran leader said, “Definitely (we will) as that (show cause) is one of the procedures not only for the Minister, but any party member from the highest to the lowest positions of the party.”
It may be noted here that in its petition, the Jowai Block Congress Committee (JBCC) has demanded that the Power portfolio is taken away from Dhar, for allegedly announcing a candidate who will contest the 2018 state polls against his own cabinet colleague - RC Laloo, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
The JBCC has also claimed that Dhar had openly gone to the constituency and declared that he would put up a candidate against Laloo, the sitting legislator of Jowai Constituency in West Jaintia Hills District, even as he had sought support for this candidate.
“This is a fit case for the party to take strong and necessary action by dropping this Minister (Dhar) immediately from the cabinet and withdrawn all party posts he is holding,” JBCC president Andrew A Shullai stated in a letter to MPCC chief.
Asked whether the party would recommend dropping Dhar, Dr. Lapang however said, “I have not seen the paper (complaint) and it is too early for me to comment on this as we have to go according to the merit of the case.”
He also informed that the letter of the JBCC is still with the District Congress Committee (DCC) of West Jaintia Hills. “A copy to me was also sent of course but I am yet to go through the letter,” Dr. Lapang said.
Reiterating that the party will take up the matter as per procedure, he said, “We have the disciplinary committee, we have the formalities and we will go strictly as per the party guidelines.”