Meghalaya News


Anti-defection law keeps Tynsong tethered

From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Oct 12: The anti-defection law was coming in the way of the three-time Congress MLA Prestone Tynsong from shifting allegiance to the Nationalist People’s Party (NPP). This was confirmed by none other than the sitting legislator himself during a chat with The Sentinel.
“My supporters have already joined the NPP. There is no other reason for me except for the bindings of the anti defection law preventing from changing sides,” stated explained, adding “don’t look further for any more indications to where I am destined.”
He said he does not want to keep his voters under the shadow of doubt about his intention “except for the legal and constitutional technicalities” that refrains him from joining the new political party.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has termed him and a few other probable deserters as “habitual dissenters”.
Tynsong created his own lobby within the Congress fold before being neutralized by the party high command in 2016. Asked on whether he will contest from the NPP with an eye on the Chief Minister’s post, Tynsong said “We will cross the bridge when we reach the river. My current focus is to retain the seat from a non-Congress ticket.”
Known for his sharp political skills, the Congress legislator also said that he will be campaigning in other constituencies of the State in the run up to the 2018 Assembly polls.
Tynsong has never been omitted from the Cabinet till he was dropped three months ago. The apparent reason for this was his noticeable proximity with the NPP after falling apart with Sangma and senior Congress leader DD Lapang.
The upcoming winter session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly is likely to witness the Congress legislator leading the frontal attack on the Mukul Sangma government and corner it.