State Congress president Vincent Pala said that he has informed the legal team of Congress about the decision by twelve party MLAs to merge with the Trinamool Congress.
Speaking to media persons here today, Pala said that the party will fight the case legally and challenge the merger under the Anti-Defection Act.
Despite the major blow suffered by the party after the decision by the twelve MLAs to quit the party, Pala said the party was ready to take the challenge.
Expressing shock that senior party legislator Charles Pyngrope chose to leave the party, Pala said he was aware about the moves of other MLAs to abandon Congress. He also said the MLAs left Congress as the party was not in power.
“Most of the leaders who were in power before suddenly now they are out of power so definitely they will be restless and that must be one of the reasons,” Pala said.
On the dissatisfaction by the party MLAs about this appointment as State Congress chief, Pala said, “My appointment as president is not done by me, it was demanded by the party MLAs and MDCs. The AICC consulted with the leaders twice and I think they left the party not because of my appointment but because of being out of power for some time.”
“My appointment is an excuse and I knew from before that they were planning to leave and we in the party were prepared so we have done a lot of activities and have been touring from one constituency to another in the last three days,” Pala added.
Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh said that people of Meghalaya should not be disheartened since this is an opportunity for the State to be given a completely new face of politicians “who will not be bought easily and who will not shift camp easily”.
“This political drama is taking our State on a big slump economically and politically. We have just seen how all the issues unfold before us. Thank God, the voice of the Congress will be for the people of Meghalaya. So be stable and have faith in the Congress party,” she added.
Lyngdoh claims that this move will not make Congress shiver and that they are a party and will continue to build their forces.