SHILLONG, Aug 04: Senior Congress legislator Prestone Lyngdoh who was dropped from the Meghalaya cabinet along with Sniawbhalang Dhar has said that the reshuffle was not fallout of their alleged “anti-party activities” and if some including the few congress MLA’s thinks so, it is nothing but their personal opinion as he stands a Congress man.
The decision to drop the duo came a day after Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma and MPCC chief DD Lapang met the National Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and also days after state BJP president, Shibun Lyngdoh declared that many Congress legislators are keen to meet BJP national President Amit Shah, though he termed this approach as ‘a mere courtesy call’.
Questioning those who are of the idea that the reshuffle was done due to their anti-party activity, Tynsong said, “Do they have any proof? I have time and again clarified that I am a Congress man and I stick to that and the process of reshuffling keeps on taking place every now and then. It is not surprising and I am sure the decision taken by the party and high command is appropriate”.
Ironically, earlier, cabinet minister and senior congress leader Ronnie V Lyngdoh had hinted that two or three congressmen were planning to abandon the party to join the BJP even as he stated that their plan is an ‘open-secret’.
Expressing his dismay at this, Tynsong said, “Saying that reshuffling and dropping someone is due to the anti party activity is not fair. Are they trying to say that Hek and Rowell were dropped because of their anti party activity? That rumours or understanding of colleagues, MLAs within the Congress is just their reading nothing more”.
“I am sorry to say why such a thing should happen,” he questioned.
Earlier, Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma had also denied that Tynsong and Dhar have been dropped due to their “anti-party activities”.
Two Congress MLAs from Saipung and Umroi, Comingone Ymbon and Dr Celestine Lyngdoh were sworn in as the two new members to the State Cabinet on Friday.