United Democratic Party (UDP) MLA and cabinet minister Lahkmen Rymbui today lashed out at state Congress Party president and Shillong MP Vincent Pala over the latter’s recent comments.
Pala had recently described the UDP as cowardly for, he said, running away from serious problems.
Today, Rymbui reacted, saying that Pala should introspect as his presidency of the state Congress has taken the party from being the largest in the Assembly to one with zero MLAs at present.
“As soon as he (Pala) came to the state, the Congress lost all its MLAs and even the prospective candidates who have been selected to contest from the party in the 2023 election are running away to other parties,” Rymbui said.
On other allegations made by the Congress chief, namely that the UDP, the second-largest member of the ruling coalition, is the most corrupt party in the government, Rymbui said he would prefer not to answer allegations made by a “non-existent” party.
“Let them have one or two MLAs then I will reply to that. As of now, whatever he (Pala) says is zero. If he does not talk in the streets where will he talk? The Congress should raise issues in the Assembly but, unfortunately, they have zero MLAs, hence he is talking like this. To reply to him is like replying to a non-existent party in the state,” he said.