The Congress party in Meghalaya continues to suffer setbacks after setbacks with more and more members quitting the party unhappy with the style of functioning of State party president Vincent Pala.
Today, around 400 members of the Meghalaya Youth Pradesh Congress from Khasi and Jaiñtia Hills resigned from the party stating that they were unhappy with the decision of the Congress high command to appoint Pala as president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
Led by MPYC president Fernandez S. Dkhar, around 400 youth Congress functionaries from various constituencies marched from MLA Hostel to the Congress Bhavan at Police Bazar here.
They submitted their resignation letters to MPYC general secretary Cuthberth Sohtun at the party office.
Speaking to media persons, Dkhar, said that the present Congress leadership was more about money.
“The present leadership has failed to unite the party. They are not taking everyone on board. What is more sad is that they are talking only about money and creating a rift in the party,” he said.
Dkhar also lambasted the State Congress leadership led by Pala for dissolving the MPYC without taking the leader into confidence.
He also said that the party leadership did not consult MPYC before carrying out the recent membership drive.
The latest setback to the Congress followed yesterday’s mass resignation of functionaries of the State unit of National Students Union of India (NSUI), a student wing of the party.
It may be mentioned that State Congress working president James Lyngdoh and former general secretaries Dr. Manash Das Gupta and Mukul Das have also resigned from the party alleging that they were sidelined by Pala.
The decision of the Congress high command to appoint Pala as Meghalaya Congress president has proved costly for the party in the State.
Apart from losing twelve party MLAs who recently defected to the Trinamool Congress, the grand old party is imploding in the State with sources stating that more senior leaders of the party are planning to leave the party.
They alleged that Pala has transformed Congress into a business-minded party and less of a political party to serve the people of the State.
The Congress in the State is facing a test of survival. The party is now left with just five legislators in the House of 60 after twelve legislators led by former chief minister Dr. Mukul Sangma merged with the Trinamool Congress.