Blow to Cong as Lapang quits party

Blow to Cong as Lapang quits party
Donwa Dethwelson Lapang
Correspondent SHILLONG, SEP 13 | Publish Date: 9/13/2018 11:19:44 AM IST

Former Meghalaya Chief Minister Donwa Dethwelson Lapang on Friday resigned as member of the Congress, which he had associated for the last four decades.  

The resignation of this Congress stalwart from this northeast is major blow for the opposition Congress in the region as it prepares its ground for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and upcoming Mizoram assembly elections scheduled to be held in the coming months. In his resignation letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi,  Lapang noted that he quit party after the Congress party has embarked upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.

“In my opinion it means that their service and contribution of the senior and elderly people is no useful to the party. Since the spirit and enthusiasm to work for the people is still burning inside me, this restriction made me frustrated and compelled me to be no longer comfortable in the party,” Lapang said.  

“With my present age and health condition, I have decided to serve the country, my state and its people in the same manner wherever I am,” 84-year-old Lapang noted. The veteran political leader stated that he had worked devotedly, leaving no stone unturned while performing his service for the party, as a “true and discipline Congress man and always cooperates with the AICC (All India Congress Committee) even to the extend of accepted sacrifices for the sake of unity and strength of the party. ...”

The five-times Chief Minister of Meghalaya did not contest February 2018 State Assembly elections but campaigned for the Congress party.


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