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Lapang was forced to resign: Conrad Sangma

Lapang was forced to resign: Conrad Sangma
Conrad Sangma
Correspondent Shillong, Sep 14 | Publish Date: 9/14/2018 11:47:26 AM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday said that veteran Congress leader, Donwa Dethwelson Lapang was forced to quit the Congress party.

Sangma, who is leading the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government, hinted that his party is welcoming Lapang saying, “people with such track record, experience, and knowledge can be used in so many ways.”

Lapang, the five-time Meghalaya Chief Minister quit the Congress – the party which he had associated for over four decades -  on Thursday night as it has embarked upon a policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.

“In my opinion, it means that services and contributions of senior and elderly people are not 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.

Infact, resignation was a major blow to the opposition Congress in the northeastern states as it has come ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, and the upcoming Mizoram assembly elections.  “Well it is quite sad to see that Lapang was forced to resign at this point when he has contributed so much to Meghalaya and to the Congress party… A person of his stature should have not been treated in that manner. It is sad that he has no other option but to resign from the Congress,” Sangma told journalists.  “I think the Congress will realize that it is a great loss to the party,” the Chief Minister said.

Asked if the NPP would welcome Lapang to join the paty, “We will discuss and see and I don’t think it’s the right platform and right time to talk about such a thing but yes it is something we can look at and discuss. However, it is upto Lapang to decide but I think people with such a track record and whose experience and all knowledge can be used in so many ways.”

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress expressed shocked over the sudden resignation of Lapang from the party, which he worked devotedly, leaving no stone un-turned while performing his service for the party, as a “true and disciplined Congress man and always cooperated with the AICC even to the extent of accepting sacrifices for the sake of unity and strength of the party…” 

“We at the Congress are caught by surprise on hearing that our leader (Lapang) resigning from the Congress. He is still at New Delhi and we (state Congress leaders) will be meeting him on Monday and request him to reconsider his resignation,” James Lyngdoh, the State Congress Working President said.

 

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