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Eight former Meghalaya legislators to join NPP today

Correspondent Shillong, Jan 3
Published on 3 Jan. 2018 9:55 PM IST
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Eight former Meghalaya legislators, including five former Congress legislators, who had quit as members of assembly, will be joining the NDA-affiliated National People’s Party (NPP) on Thursday to contest the upcoming assembly polls.
“All the eight former legislators will be inducting into the party tomorrow at a public rally in Polo ground. The rally will also mark the launching of the election campaign,” NPP national president, Conrad. K. Sangma, said.
The former Congress legislators include former deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, former cabinet ministers Prestone Tynsong, Coming One Ymbon, Sniawbhalang Dhar and Ngaitlang Dhar.
Apart from the five Congress legislators, the other three are United Democratic Party legislator Remington Pyngrope, and Independents, Hopeful Bamon and Stephanson Mukhim. Sangma said NPP grassroots workers across the 60-assembly constituency in the state are upbeat and are working hard to ensure that the party forms the new government after the elections.  “We (NPP) are on a comfortable driving seat and that is the reason these friends (former legislators) are leaving their respective political parties and one to be part of the NPP family,” the NPP Chief said.
On Tuesday, Congress legislator Alexander Hek, Nationalist Congress Party legislator Sanbor Shullai besides Independent members – Robinus Syngkon and Justine Dkhar resigned as members of the assembly and joined the BJP.
Last month, former Congress legislator P.N. Syiem, who is also the chief executive of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, resigned from the assembly and joined the newly floated People’s Democratic Front.
However, former Meghalaya chief minister D.D. Lapang said the exodus of some Congress legislators to other political parties will have no negative impact on the ruling party.
 “Those who are not comfortable have gone away and those who went on their own could not take lock, stock and barrel with them as the original Congress supporters are there,” the veteran Congress legislators told journalists.
 “There will be no negative impact. I believe in the principle that no one is indispensable,” Lapang added.

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