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By Our Reporter | September 14, 2018

Terming the resignation of veteran Congress leader Donwa Dethwelson Lapang as a major jolt to the party, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the person of his stature should not have been treated by the Congress top leadership in this manner.

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“It is sad to see that a veteran leader like Lapang was forced to resign despite contributing a lot to the party and the State,” Chief Minister said while speaking to reporters here today.

According to him, the former Chief Minister (Lapang) should have been given due respect by considering his long association with the party.

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“I am happy to see that he is still very active and taking up people’s issues. I think the Congress should realize that this decision of Lapang is a huge loss to the party,” he said.

Replying to a query if the doors are open for Lapang to join the NPP, Chief Minister said that the present coalition leading the Government in the State is always looking at individuals who are always concerned about people.

“It is for Lapang to decide whether he wants to join NPP, UDP or PDF. We require the service of political leader with a vast experience and knowledge. We will discuss and see it is something we can look at and discuss,” he said.

It may be mentioned that four-time Chief Minister yesterday resigned from the Congress, accusing the leadership of adopting a policy of “phasing out” senior leaders.

In his resignation letter to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday night, Mr. Lapang said he was resigning “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.

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