The Congress high command has appointed Shillong Lok Sabha MP, Vincent Pala as the new president of the Congress party in Meghalaya.
Pala replaces Celestine Lyngdoh as the MPCC president who held the post since January 2018.
As per the statement issued by All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary K C Venugopal today, Ampareen Lyngdoh, James Lyngdoh and Marthon Sangma have been appointed as working presidents of MPCC.
Ampareen Lyngdoh has been relieved of her current post as AICC secretary.
The appointment of Pala has shocked many Congress legislators in the State as they have been batting for senior Congress MLA Charles Pyngrope.
Pyngrope has the support of most party MLAs in the State including Congress Legislature Party leader Dr. Mukul Sangma.
Recently, Pala had said that he was willing to shoulder the responsibility as State Congress chief if the party decides so.
Also, the name of Ampareen Lyngdoh also figured in the list of contenders for the post.
It remains to be seen if Pala’s appointment as MPCC president will help boost the Congress in the State given his lack of close and regular contacts with the grassroot party workers and the challenge posed to him from certain party leaders in the State.
Before his elevation as MPCC chief, Pala had served as working president.