The Congress received another jolt this evening with the president Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC), Richard Marak, also quitting the party citing unhappiness with the functioning of the INC in the state.
The letter of resignation by Richard was submitted today to the president of the India Youth Congress, Srinivas B V.
Thanking the party for the opportunities provided to him to develop his political acumen, Richard stated that the time had come for him to part ways and look up other avenues for growth.
“I have been unhappy with the party for quite some time now due to the way the INC has been functioning. There is a structural defect in the INC. This has already been highlighted many times in the past but there has been no attempt to rectify these. Instead those who have pointed out these defects have been vilified. The last stroke was the appointment of the current president (Vincent Pala) who has no regard for the functioning of the party on Congress principles,” said Richard on his decision.
“I am not alone in this sentiment as is evident from the mass resignations. Even today more than 500 Congress workers from Khasi Hills have resigned en masse. This is just the start. I must therefore look for other avenues after working for the INC with my heart and soul,” he added.
While the MPYC president has not specified his move to the All India Trinamool Congress, he was observed in the two rallies held by Mukul Sangma in Songsak yesterday and Ampati today. He also addressed the crowd at Ampati where other INC MDCs could also been seen in attendance.
In another huge development, the mass resignation of the current Congress MDCs is also in the offing with sources within the party in GHADC confirming that an announcement could be made this week. If such a thing does take place, it would leave the Congress with zero seats in the 30 member House. This is despite the party winning 12 seats in the MDC election last year. The MDCs are likely to join the AITC after their resignation. After the defection of Ashahel D Shira to UDP, the Congress had 11 MDCs but may soon be without any representation.