United Democratic Party (UDP) leader and cabinet minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday said he is not willing to rejoin the opposition Congress, even as several veteran Politicians in the state are all set to return to Congress.
“We cannot turn the clock back,” Rymbui told reporters while reacting to a query on the move of the new Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Vincent H Pala to bring back former leaders who left the party ahead of the 2023 Assembly elections.
Rymbui was one among those who quit the Congress before the 2018 Assembly polls. He joined the UDP and also won from Amlarem constituency.
He also suggested that the Congress should first put its house in order.
“We have seen even nationally also till date Sonia Gandhi has already expressed reluctant to be the president of the party but still they insist…so as of now I don’t have anything to say but for me I am here to serve the people of the state to the best of my abilities so there is no turning back even if they (Congress) call also,” Rymbui maintained.
Asked if Pala joining state politics would affect the UDP, the minister however said, “The Congress has got its vote bank across (the state) and we cannot rule that out but in the recent years, the people have experienced the Congress regime and they know that is why what I see is that yes any leader no doubt has got his own capacity but we should not depend on the situation within the Congress. We from the UDP we need to see that in politics, every party has to prepare itself as it will all depend on the people of the state.”
On the Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma asking the ruling members to move a No-confidence motion against the MDA government, Rymbui said, “It’ll depend on anybody who listens to him (but) I will not listen to him, I will listen to my own party.”
The UDP leader however refused to comment on the Congress’ decision to move a resolution seeking the removal of the Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh during the upcoming autumn session which will commence from September 10.
“In parliamentary democracy, any legislative party has the right to express its opinion whether it is outside or inside the House, but what the Congress is doing is not against the legislative process but till now, I don’t know what is the reason behind this move to remove the Speaker. Without knowing the reason, I cannot say anything,” he said.
Rymbui also lauded the performance of the Speaker by saying that “He (Metbah) is one of the Speakers who have given equal opportunity to all members of the House for expressing their concerns whether it is related to their respective constituencies or issues concerning the state.”
He further claimed that the state is likely to get its own Assembly building before 2023 due to the efforts made by the Speaker.
“The progress of the construction is ongoing and we hope before 2023 we could complete the Assembly building,” Rymbui stated.