Months ahead of the Meghalaya Assembly elections, two MLAs from the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) and Trinamool Congress MLA HM Shangpliang resigned from their legislative posts. They are likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an ally in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance.
“We have submitted our resignations to our respective assembly seats. All three of us plan to join BJP and very soon we would join party and intention to join party is three of us have one mind and that is development for the state,” Shangpliang said.
Without saying anything about the NPP, he further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can change things.
“We feel and believe things will change for Meghalaya. Look at the unemployment we are facing in the state. If Assam CM could distribute 25,000 letters of appointment in one day, why couldn’t we? What is stopping Meghalaya from being unable to send those kinds of letters of appointment to our youth? Therefore, again it is the BJP and Prime Minister Modi’s ideology is to provide employment to the youth, provide rice and houses to the rural poor and also help the farmers,” said the TMC MLA.
According to Assembly Commissioner and Secretary Andrew Simons, NPP lawmakers Ferlin Sangma and Benedic Marak and TMC’s HM Shangpliang submitted their resignations to Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh during the day, which was accepted about two hours later, PTI reported. Ferlin Sangma represented Selsella in the state assembly while Marak was elected from Raksamgre. After the resignation of three members, the strength of the 60-member Assembly was reduced to 57.
At present, there are 21 NPP MLAs, 8 UDP MLAs, 4 PDF lawmakers, 2 BJP MLAs, two HSPDP lawmakers and seven Independents, while the opposition TMC has 11 lawmakers, KHNAM one and NCP one.
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