Stating that there is no urgency to replace him, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee President Dr. Celestine Lyngdoh said that he is holding the post at the wisdom of the All India Congress Committee.
“….Right now there is no urgency to replace me because we don’t have any election or any urgency as such,” Lyngdoh said.
He further asserted that there is no such tenure fixed for the MPCC President so it’s not wise to say that his tenure has come to an end.
“…In the first place there is no tenure as such that MPCC President should be two years three years or four years… accordingly, it is not wise to say that my term has come to an end, in the recent past I was a bit busy with my family means my mother was sick, I was not free for party activities..,” The MPCC President said.
Asked if he wants to be relived, he said, “It depends on how the party functionaries decide, to be a president it’s not that I wish or I don’t wish it depends on all the members of Congress to decide.”
AICC in-charge Meghalaya Manish Chatrath today arrived in Shillong on his maiden visit to the state and said there is no move to oust the incumbent MPCC president, Celestine Lyngdoh.
“There is nothing like this (discussion to change the PCC president). I don’t know from where this has come from…,” Chatrath told reporters after holding a meeting with MLAs and party functionaries.
Chatrath was also felicitated by the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Mukul Sangma.
Asked if Lyngdoh has sought to be relieved from the post, Chatrath said, “No, he has not discussed this with me at all.”
Again when asked if MLAs have proposed Nongthymmai legislator, Charles Pyngrope as the new president of the party, he said, “I have not heard of that sorry.”
On the other hand, the AICC leader said that it was just a general discussion to meet and greet during the meeting.
Asserting the need to strengthen the party in the state, Chatrath said, “Definitely the organization has to be geared up for elections we have to be ready for that but still in Meghalaya I would say we have a good cadre, we have a good team and obviously organization has to be strengthened day in and day out.”
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma informed that Lyngdoh has sought to be relieved as PCC president.
“…I am tempted to share is that our PCC president Dr Celestine Lyngdoh has expressed his desire to get the approval of the high command, the Congress president to get him relieved, in fact, he has been speaking to us for quite some time it is not just now (but since) November, December but anyway, we are all required to shoulder our responsibility as long as possible… we are looking at how collectively we decide to see if he has to be relieved and how best we can do that, those are natural expected lines of discussion, I think you can understand that.”
On some of the MLAs backing Pyngrope as the next PCC president, Sangma however said, “Those are internal things those are internal party matters how we do we have an inherent system, which has withstood the test of time and we will follow that.”