Crisis for Congress in Meghalaya: Rahul Gandhi to replace Chief Minister Mukul Sangma with DD Lapang?
Meghalaya state unit has sent an SOS to Congress high command, claiming that BJP leader Ram Madhav is in touch with dissident leaders in order to pull down their government in the state.
Shillong, June 1: After turbulence in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Congress faces internal revolt in the state of Meghalaya. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, backed by party high command has drawn severe amount of flak from his legislators, who accuse him of working in a dictatorial manner. Party vice president Rahul Gandhi has been alerted by the dissidents, demanding him to take decisive action. According to sources, Rahul Gandhi is mulling the option of replacing Sangma with veteran party leader DD Lapang, who is currently enjoying the support of dissidents.
According to an internal party note accessed by the NDTV, the state unit of party has warned the high command of a possible Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) interference in the matter, if the central leadership fails to take action in due time. Sources claim, that the North-East Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, is keeping a close eye on the internal Congress crisis.
DD Lapang, the former chief minister of Meghalaya, called a meeting of dissident Congress MLAs at his residence on Saturday. Addressing the local press after the meet, Lapang expressed confidence in the party’s central leadership. “I believe that AICC will take the right decision. I am a loyal soldier of the party and will accept whatever decision they take,” he was quoted as saying by North East Today. Lapang advised Chief Minister Sangma to step down since he has allegedly lost the support of his MLAs.
In the 60-member legislative assembly, Congress has 30 MLAs. It has the support of 11 independent legislators and 3 Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs.