FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Dec 28: Unlike the past years where political rumblings ruled the roost, the year 2015 found Meghalaya witnessed a surprise low profile politics of overthrowing Chief Ministers. Barring some slight moves within the Congress fold, The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma pedaled himself through with very little hurdles. It is considered an achievement of sorts when the grouping in ruling congress party is known to indulge in interl politics to dethrone each other.
Political alyst sarcastically termed the nearly smooth motion as ‘weird’ in the Congress, a party which the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Party (MPCC) president DD Lapang regularly termed as a ‘fight amongst the siblings in the same house’. However, the former State Minister of Home who left the Congress party and present Vice Chancellor of Martin Luther Christian University Robert Garnett Lyngdoh said, “I see the smooth development with the Congress led MUA government as no surprise because there are no better altertives to his leadership.”
“After the drubbing in the last Lok Sabha election, The AICC leadership may have thought that it should not disturb the establishment of the few outpost (Congress ruled states)by acknowledging dissidents,” felt Lyngdoh who was once a person dealing with the Congress leadership during the peak of dissidence in the last decade.
While the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and two time sitting Congress PN Syiem is the only man who has taken on Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on the issue concerning the government infringement on the district council domain, his consistent reiteration that he is not against the government but on the Chief Ministers policies was and will be a prick in the days to come.
Syiem told The Sentinel recently that he will use all the party forums for the sake of the cause that he has taken. However, a senior party source who has been kept on the loop about developments said, “Everything will be put in place the moment the sledge hammer is used by the AICC.”
Syiem during the recent interview with this correspondent expressed his awareness that there are elements within the party who wanted the central leadership to crack the whip on him. “I am aware but my all out discussions with out AICC president and vice president on the vital issues that concern the vital traditions and cultural practices have been taken in the right note.”