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MPCC chief warns 'fence-sitters'



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Shillong, Sept 12: Meghalaya Congress chief DD Lapang on Tuesday warned of action against party legislators planning to meet BJP national president Amit Shah.
It may be mentioned that the BJP has time and again claimed that some sitting MLAs from various parties, including the Congress, have expressed their willingness to meet Shah during his visit to Shillong.
The BJP national president is scheduled to arrive in the city on September 28.
“The party will take stringent action against those MLAs if they meet Shah. We would not hesitate to tag them for indulging in anti-party activities,” Lapang said while speaking to journalists here.
On Monday, Congress legislator from Pynthorumkhrah AL Hek had said he will meet Shah only if he was invited.
Hek was elected on BJP ticket in 1998, 2003 and 2008. However, in July 2009 he switched over to the Congress.
Lapang’s last election
The 2018 Assembly election will be the last time that veteran politician’s will be contesting. Lapang, however, expressed the confidence that he would be able to sign off his career in politics on a high. “I hope to win and then depart from this field,” the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president added.
Lapang has been representing Nongpoh constituency since 1972, the year Meghalaya was formed by carving out then Assam’s United Khasi & Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills districts. He first won as an independent candidate.
He lost the Assembly election from Nongpoh only once in 1993. Lapang was also a four-time Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Lapang first became Chief Minister in 1992. He again took the rein of the State into his hands in 2003 and in 2007. Lapang led Meghalaya for a fourth time on 13th May 2009 after the State was placed under President’s Rule for two months, but he was dislodged by Dr Mukul Sangma in April 2010.