Meghalaya: Block Congress Committee members of Chokpot resigns en masse over ticket allotment issue

Meghalaya: Block Congress Committee members of Chokpot resigns en masse over ticket allotment issue

By Our Correspondent | TNT News

Tura, Jan 28,2018: In what can be termed as a blow to the Congress party, members of the Block Congress Committee of Chokpot constituency today submitted their resignation en masse to the District Congress Committee (DCC) of South Garo Hills.

This decision by the block committee came after the decision of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) to award the party ticket to Lazarus Sangma for the Chokpot seat.

The resignaton took place today after a meeting between party workers in the village of Chokpot and after members of the BCC of Baghmara also resigning prior to the declaration of candidates.

The dissenters opined that as they were the grass root level workers, they understood the trends of the place better than all and as such felt the ticket should have been awarded to Willie D Shira and not to Lazarus leading to their resignation.

The group that resigned called the decision wrong.

More than 100 members of the Mahila, Block and Youth Congress have submitted a mass resignation over the decision of the Congress to field Lazarus, who they said was an outsider to Chokpot.

The dissenters included the BCC chairman, vice president, youth president, Mahila vice president amongst others

"We have been helping the growth of the Congress in Chokpot led by the BCC president, Willie D Shira for the past few years and had hoped the AICC and MPCC would see what has been attained. However their decision to give the ticket to Lazarus is a wrong one and the elections will prove us right," said one of the resigning members.

"We are unhappy at the decision of the AICC and MPCC as we had sought a local candidate who understands local problems better but were denied. We have thus decided to quit the party and support our candidate who has a better chance of winning this coming election," said L Ch Sangma, the BCC chief adviser.

Similar sentiments were expressed by all those that resigned en masse leaving the Congress, which was already in a precarious position earlier, in a worse state.

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