SHILLONG, Aug 03: The two Congress legislators – Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar, who were dropped from the cabinet on Thursday, maintained that their removal from the cabinet was not due to their alleged involvement in anti-party activities or reports about them contemplating to shift their allegiance to another political party; it was but only a routine exercise which is the prerogative of the Chief Minister.
“As of now I am a Congress MLA. Paving way for our colleagues to be inducted into the Cabinet is not because of anti-party activity, but for the interest of the party,” Tynsong maintained.
Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Thursday dropped the two senior party leaders from cabinet. Sources have informed that Celestine Lyngdoh and Comingone Ymbon will be inducted as new cabinet ministers.
Celestine Lyngdoh will be sworn in on Friday at the Raj Bhavan at 10.30 am. However it was informed that Comingone is admitted in a hospital at New Delhi.
“It is a fact that I, along with my colleague (Dhar) would be out of the cabinet to pave way for our friends, and the chief minister talked to me about this today,” Tynsong told reporters here.
Soon after the decision by the chief minister, Tynsong and Dhar met at the former’s chamber in the secretariat and had a long one - to - one conversation.
However, Tynsong refused to divulge what transpired during the closed-door meeting he had with Dhar.
Asked on the reason cited by the chief minister on the sudden reshuffling exercise, Tynsong, who is now the former PHE minister said, “It is the prerogative of the Chief Minister.”
According to him, the deduction of ministers and induction of new faces was not a new thing, but it happened everywhere not only in Meghalaya.
With elections just round the corner, Tynsong said that he would now get more time to focus and be in the constituency and work hard for the upcoming election.
On the other hand, Dhar said that the chief minister had not talked to him about the development, though he also said that it was the prerogative of the chief minister.
“I have nothing to say, it is the CM’s prerogative and we have to give chance to our other colleagues also,” he said.