Shillong, Sept 13, 2018:
The Congress party in Meghalaya has suffered a major blow following the decision of senior party leader and former Chief Minister, DD Lapang to call it quits.
In a letter submitted to AICC President Rahul Gandhi today, Lapang expressed his “dissatisfaction” and “frustration” over the policy adopted by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) of “phasing out senior and elderly people”.
“This restriction made me frustrated and I am no longer comfortable to be in the party,” Lapang said adding that since the spirit and enthusiasm to work for the people is still “burning” inside of him, he has decided to continue serving the country, the state and its people in the same manner even in his present age and health condition.
Stating that the AICC’s policy has compelled him to take this decision, the veteran politician said “In my opinion, it means that the service and contribution of the senior and elderly people is no longer useful to the party.”
Expressing his gratitude to the Congress, Lapang said “I am glad that I have had the privilege to be in the Congress for the last four decades as an eminent member of the INC. During these years, I worked devotedly, leaving no stone unturned while performing any service for the party, as a true and discipline congress man and always cooperates with the AICC and even sacrificed for the sake of unity and strength of the party. In my mind, I have always been thinking that I should be with the congress for all times to come.”
Lapang’s resignation is a setback to the Congress in the state which is currently dealing with internal problems following confession from former chief minister and CLP leader, Dr Mukul Sangma that there are some Congress MLAs who are planning to defect to other parties.
His decision also came at a time with party leaders are trying to revive and re-structure the organisational set-up of the party in the state.