From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 4: Information & Public Relations Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh has said the decision of some Congress MLAs not to contest the upcoming 2018 Assembly election will have no impact on the party.
It may be pointed out that the Congress MLAs who will not contest the 2018 polls include Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president DD Lapang, Deputy Chief Minister Roytre Christopher Laloo and Minister of Higher & Technical Education Roshan Warjri.
Speaking to The Sentinel, Lyngdoh said: “The decision of these MLAs will not affect the party in the upcoming elections.”
On the decision of senior Congress leader Lapang, she said, “As per my understanding, Lapang has taken the right decision, considering his age and this should be seen as an example by others worth emulating.”
“If DD Lapang feels that he can’t give 100% to the people in the next five years due to his age, why will he give false hope to people? Hence he took the decision not to contest,” she explained.
She further said that even the Deputy Chief Minister had stated that he does not feel right to contest the upcoming elections.
While admitting that the Congress will lose some of its prominent leaders in the 2018 Assembly election, Lyngdoh added: “There will be new faces which will replace these leaders and ensure victory to the Congress.”