SHILLONG, Dec 29: Harassment, ill-treatment, humiliation and discharging of the duties assigned to him are a few of the reasons cited by the Former Deputy Chief minister and veteran Congress legislator, Rowell Lyngdoh for his decision to leave the grand old party on Friday which also saw four other Congress, two independent and one United Democratic Party (UDP) legislator resigning as MLAs.
“I had to quit the Congress because of the Chief Minister (Dr Mukul Sangma) and the leader of the party (Dr DD Lapang). They harassed, ill treated and humiliated me by removing me out of all assignments,” Lyngdoh said after submitting his resignation letter to Commissioner and Secretary Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Andrew Simon in the absence of Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.
Lyngdoh further said that he was not against the Congress, but circumstances compelled him to take the drastic step as his grievances were not addressed to even after he had approached All India Congress Committee (AICC) leaders.
“I wrote to the president of the AICC. If the party did not change the leadership the Congress may go down,” Lyngdoh said.
It may be mentioned that till 2016, Lyngdoh was the deputy Chief Minister of the state before he was dropped by the Chief Minister from the Cabinet. He was also subsequently relieved from all party positions.
Apart from Lyngdoh those who resigned on Friday were, Prestone Tynsong , Sniawbhalang Dhar (Nartiang), Ngaitlang Dhar(Umroi), Comingone Tynsong (Raliang) all of the Congress, Remington Pyngrope (Mawkynrew) of the UDP, two independents, Stephanson Mukhim (Amlarem) and Hopeful Bamon (Sutnga-Saipung).
Meanwhile, another former senior Congress leader, Prestone Tynsong expressed his angst over the style of functioning of Dr. Sangma.
“The main problem is that he (Dr Sangma) hardly consulted. Whatever he does is without consultation. This is not the way of running the government,” Tynsong said.
Echoing this sentiment, the other Congress MLAs who resigned along with Lyngdoh and Tynsong also expressed unhappiness over the way Dr. Sangma functions.