PDF to soon attempt mending ties between its members

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Oct 11: Misunderstandings between the members of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) will soon be resolved according to the political party’s leader, Pynshngain N Syiem who has informed that the party is waiting for a sub – committee to submit its report before convening the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC).
In this regard, Syiem said that the sub-committee comprises of the four MLAs of the party and has been tasked with finding ways to end the misunderstandings among the party members and recommend ways in which the party can be strengthened.

The PDF has witnessed division among the 10 MDCs of the party where 8 of them have decided to support the HS Shylla-led executive committee in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC).
Of these, three MDCs have been suspended by the party for their alleged anti-party activities while it is however yet to take a call in as far as the other five MDCs, who have recently took a similar decision to extend support to Shylla, is concerned.
Terming the division as a minor misunderstanding, Syiem said such infighting among leaders and members is a common internal problem in every political party.
“But we are confident that within a short period of time all these misunderstandings will be resolved in the upcoming meeting of the CWC, which will be held immediately after the MLAs submits their report and recommendations on the matter,” he added here on Thursday.
The former Mawsynram legislator also said that the MDCs of the party had extended support to the KHDA-led executive committee in their own individual capacity.
Syiem, a former KHADC chief and a sitting MDC of Mawsynram, had also unsuccessfully contested the Ranikor bye-election held in August this year after losing his Mawsynram seat in the last Assembly polls.
Asked how tough is it for him to run the party after being out of power, the PDF leader said there is no such challenges since a party is a collective responsibility of MLAs, MDCs and party leaders.
He also denied that he has been sidelined by the party while adding that the recommendations to be made by the MLAs will no doubt help in streamlining the functioning of the party.
Of the four MLAs, two are cabinet ministers in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government. When asked on the performance of the present state government, Syiem said, “I cannot comment since we are part and parcel of the government.”


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