SHILLONG, July 05: The ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government will not be in danger even if the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) decides to pull out of the coalition as has been stated by Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong.
“Even if the four PDF MLAs withdraw its support, there is no threat to the present Government. We still have the support of 34 MLAs,” Tynsong said here on Thursday.
When asked if this Government would fall to this pressure tactics adopted by PDF chairman and KHADC CEM PN Syiem, Tynsong said that the government at any cost will not succumb to any kind of pressure tactics.
“The only plus points from the decision of the PDF to withdraw its support is that Congress will get 24 MLAs,” he said.
When asked if his statement is not like asking the PDF to withdraw its support from the Government, he said that he is not asking the PDF to pull out from the Government.
“We are leaving this to their wisdom. But we cannot prevent them if they have already made up their mind to pull out from this Government,” Tynsong said.
Earlier, the PDF had threatened to pull out of the NPP-led MDA coalition after four NPP MDCs decided to withdraw support to the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in the KHADC.
Four PDF legislators – Hamlet Dohling, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Jason Sawkmie Mawlong and Gavin Miguel Mylliem – are part of the MDA government and two among them, Hamlet and Banteidor, are Cabinet ministers.
PDF chairman and spokesperson PN Syiem had claimed that that the verbal agreement with NPP was that PDF will get two Cabinet berths and the NPP MDCs will support the PDA coalition in KHADC for the reciprocal support of the party to the MDA government.
“However, the four NPP MDCs are planning to withdraw support to the PDA coalition and in this context, we will have to consider withdrawing support to MDA,” Syiem had stated.
Tynsong however denied any knowledge of any such verbal agreement with the PDF.
“We had only discussed on the formation the name of the MDA at the time of the formation of the Government. We had never discussed on the issue relating to the Executive Committee in the KHADC,” Tynsong said.
He also recalled that Syiem had announced that he will resign from the post of the CEM weeks after the formation of the NPP led MDA Government in the State.
“We had never asked the KHADC CEM to reconsider his decision. We had only told if you feel that you would like to resign then it is up to you,” Tynsong said while adding that they had only told him that they are with him.