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Congress dissident group's meeting postponed

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT


SHILLONG, May 28: The proposed meeting of dissident Congress legislators scheduled to be held on Saturday night was postponed after the AICC general secretary and in-charge of Meghalaya V rayasamy was selected as the Chief Minister of Puducherry.

rayasamy had served as the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the second term of UPA government, after serving as MoS Parliamentary Affairs in the first term of the UPA government. He did not contest the May 16 Assembly elections, and will now have to seek election to the legislature in a bypoll.

“At least there should be an in-charge to convey our message to the high command,” one dissident MLA said on Saturday evening.

The dissidents baying for chief minister, Dr Mukul Sangma’s head wanted to immediately convey to the AICC leaders in Delhi about their decision today evening.

However, that has to wait for a few days since Meghalaya is now without any AICC in-charge.

For the moment, the chief minister is safe and can breathe easy.

“We will now hold the meeting in the next two-three days,” said a rebel Congress legislator said.

The proposed meeting today was likely to seek the consent of MPCC president Dr DD Lapang to be the leader of the dissident group so that the decisions arrived at the meeting can be taken up with the AICC leaders.

Earlier on Tuesday, the AICC reportedly decided to summon the Congress legislators to Delhi to discuss the state leadership issue raked up by some legislators and ministers after the debacle of the party candidate Dikkanchi Shira in the recently concluded Tura Lok Sabha polls.

A meeting was held in New Delhi today between the AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi, V rayasamy and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president DD Lapang.

The meeting was also attended by Shillong Member of Parliament (MP) Vincent H Pala. Chief Minister Sangma was, however, not present in the meeting.

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