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By Lamphrang Nongspung
The Congress MLAs and MDCs of Meghalaya have unanimously resolved to ask the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to appoint party leader Charles Pyngrope as the new president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
According to party sources, MLAs and MDCs from Khasi and Jaintia Hills region would make their decision known to the AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya, Manish Chatrath, who will be arriving in Shillong on Monday on his maiden three-day visit.
Chatrath, who will be campaigning here till January 13, is expected to have one-to-one meetings with the party MLAs and MDCs.
According to party sources, senior Congress leader Ampareen Lyngdoh, who was also in the race for the post of MPCC president, has decided to back out and lend her support to Pyngrope to lead the party in the State.
Party sources further informed that the MLAs and MDCs wanted to send a strong message to the AICC that Pyngrope, who is also the MLA of Nongthymmai, is the best person to lead the party especially with only two years left for the 2023 Assembly elections in the State.
Interestingly, there are reports that the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Dr Mukul Sangma is planning to propose his close aide as the MPCC president.
Rumour has it that Dr Sangma would likely propose the name of his younger brother, Zenith Sangma for the post of the MPCC president.
The AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya will also be meeting leaders from the District Congress Committee (DCC) and Block Congress Committee (BCC) besides party workers during his three-day visit.
Chatrath is expected to impress upon the leaders to strengthen the party and, to ensure that the people of the State repose their confidence in the Congress again.
Meanwhile, outgoing MPCC president Dr Celestine Lyngdoh will be holding a farewell dinner party for all the party MLAs, MDCs and leaders at Helga Hotel on Monday evening.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)