Meghalaya Polls: 8 Congress Legislators to resign on Friday before joining NPP

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Story highlights

  • The eight Congress Legislators decides to join NPP ahead of elections
  • They will resign on Friday before becoming a part of BJP
  • This decision came after Congress legislator and KHADC chief executive member PN Syiem’s resignation

Meghalaya is on the verge of assembly elections and the political parties are planning to make history this year, but there are some leaders who are still trying to find their grounds and for this, they are changing parties to parties following their leader. In the series, 8 Congress legislators will resign from the party on Friday to be a part of NPP.

PN Syiem resigned from Congress

Congress legislator and KHADC chief executive member PN Syiem recently resigned from the post in Congress. After his decision, eight other legislators decided to resign from the party to join National People’s Party(NPP). All these legislators will resign on Friday to be a part of NPP

This decision of these eight legislators came as a serious jolt to the Congress of Meghalaya as there is only a month left for the Assembly elections and the party has already chalked out its strategies.

NPP state president WR Kharlukhi said on Tuesday that the eight legislators after quitting from the Assembly will formally join NPP on January 4 at Polo Grounds.

The legislators who are giving resignation from the Congress party includes Rowell Lyngdoh, Prestone Tynsong, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Ngaitlang Dhar and Comingone Ymbon, all from the Congress, and UDP legislator Remington Pyngrope and two Independents, Stephenson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon.

Earlier, three MDCs also joined National People’s Party, giving it more strength to contest the upcoming elections in the state for 60 assembly seats.

The MDCs includes HS Shylla, Jansing Tynsong, and Pyniaid Sing Syiem.

According to Kharlukhi, these latest joinings in NPP will bring a bright prospect for the party in the 2018 polls as many MLAs, MDCs and other leaders are extending support.

NPP expects a massive rally at Polo Grounds since supporters and workers of the eight legislators from their respective constituencies will join Friday’s gathering.

Earlier, the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who kick-started the BJP’s campaign and that of PDF leader PN Syiem had attracted the crowd.

Meanwhile, Congress members in Ri Bhoi are expected to join NPP on Wednesday.

Support of legislators strengthening NPP

Meghalaya is left with only a month for the Legislative Assembly Elections and the Congress is losing its legislators one by one leaving it weak, giving more power to the rival parties.

The most beneficial party from the loss of the Congress is National People’s Party as most of the legislators are joining it. This is empowering NPP and helping it to stay away from any kind of pre-poll alliance as the party has shown signals for the post-poll alliance.

NPP has recently cleared its intention that the party is not open for a pre-poll ally with any party.

NPP state president WR Kharlukhi quashing the speculation raised by BJP said, “We will not go for a pre-poll alliance with any parties in the state and our plan is to contest all the 60 seats”.

He, however, said the party is not averse to a post-poll alliance.

Also Read: Meghalaya Polls: NPP quashes all the speculation of Pre-poll Alliance


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