Shillong East MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh today admitted that the NPP has some negatives.
Speaking to media persons after resigning from her Assembly membership in order to join the NPP, Lyngdoh said, “Yes, NPP has some negatives but in this democracy of this country, you tell me are there any other parties which do not have any negatives?”
“I disagree with you saying that the NPP should take the sins of all the errors of the last five years. I think all political parties have partnered together, let them take equal responsibility for that mess,” she added.
Lyngdoh also said that she decided to join NPP as it has minimum infighting.
“The reason for zeroing down on the NPP is that there seems to be minimal infighting in the NPP,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lyngdoh and West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang as well as Narpuh UDP MDC, Emlangky Lamare were welcomed to the NPP at a public meeting held at Iewrynghep in presence of party president and Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.
Lyngdoh and Rapsang were suspended as they declared support for the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) along with three other Congress legislators in February, after 12 of the party’s 17 MLAs switched over to the TMC, making it the state’s main opposition overnight.
The TMC lost one MLA from its kitty when HM Shangpliang resigned, and joined the BJP earlier this month.
This morning, Lyngdoh in her resignation submitted via email to AICC president, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “For the most part of her life, I have been a staunch supporter and foot soldier of the Indian National Congress. The party gave me the opportunity to serve the people of Meghalaya as a Minister and as a representative of my East Shillong constituency,”.
She said that she is thankful to the party for the support and for the appointment as Secretary of the All India Congress Committee.
“However, recent developments within the party have led me to believe that it has lost its sense of direction. There has been a pressing need for the party and its leadership to reflect on this. Sincere and honest attempts to lead such self-introspection, I believe, have failed,” Lyngdoh said.
She further stated, “The party has lost touch with the people of Meghalaya, and I no longer believe it is the best platform for me to serve them. It is with deep regret, therefore, that I am writing to tender my formal resignation from primary membership in the Indian National Congress, effective immediately.”