Congress legislators from Shillong skip Party’s foundation day celebration.


As the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) observed the 136th Foundation Day of the Indian National Congress in Shillong on Monday, none of the sitting Congress legislators from Shillong city attended the party’s foundation day celebration.
Presently, out of seven sitting legislators from the Shillong city, four are from Congress, but the absence of the elected leaders has invoked criticism from several grassroot workers who came forward to observe the day.
Even in spite of the ongoing Christmas festival and COVID-19 protocol, a large number of party functionaries and grassroot workers attended the historic programme.
MPCC working president, James S Lyngdoh unfurled the party tricolour and inaugurated the programme held at the Congress Bhawan.
The meeting was presided by the general secretary, Sanjay Das.
Addressing the occasion, Lyngdoh said that the oldest political party – INC which was launched in Mumbai (then called Bombay) on this day in 1885 by its founder president, WC Banerjee & founder general secretary AO Hume.
While talking about the glorious history of the party, Lyngdoh recalled how in 1919, Mahatma Gandhi had transformed the party into a mass movement that brought freedom from British rule.
He also spoke of the contributions of all Congress Prime Ministers, and Presidents, Pandi Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and Manmohan Singh in ensuring stability, peace, progress along with the building of a strong secular India.
He called upon the young generation to read the glorious history of Congress and propagate it among the masses.
Prominent among those who attended and spoke on the occasion included MPMC president Joplin S Shylla, MPYC general secretary Fernandez S Dkhar, NSUI Meghalaya state president Banshairailang Pyngrope and party functionaries