Pala allegedly plans to form Govt with NPP’s support in 2023: Sources

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The newly appointed president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC, Vincent H Pala has been alleged of planning to work with the National People’s Party (NPP) in 2023.

 The allegation was made by some of the Congress leaders, sources said on Wednesday.

 “Pala of trying to work with the Conrad Sangma-led NPP to form the government in 2023 without the support of the UDP and other regional parties,” sources said.

 The MPCC chief has also been accused of sidelining the veteran political leader Mukul Sangma in the state which  led to the rumblings within Congress.

 “The move is very clear without Mukul Sangma, NPP  will not have any  problem  working with the Congress and that’s what is being planned about,” the sources said.

 They said soon after being appointed as MPCC president, Vincent Pala  targeted UDP on multiple occasions.

 “Pala has already  started  sidelining UDP.  Have you ever seen Pala in his statement  attacking  Conrad Sangma  or NPP? He is rather soft on them but never misses an opportunity  to target UDP which is his arch  rival,” one of the Congress leaders from Shillong  said.

 Expressing resentment on the manner  in which the Shillong MP  was appointed as MPCC Chief,  a Congress  legislator from Garo Hills said Dr Mukul Sangma was  never consulted  on Pala’s appointment.

 “After (L) Tarun  Gogoi demise it is Dr Mukul Sangma  who is the tallest  leader  of Congress  in North East, he is also the Chairperson  of Congress  coordination  Committee  for North East  and Member  of CWC  but AICC did not acknowledge  him,” the MLA  said on request of anonymity.

 Asked,  the legislator  said, “I am too junior  in the party,  I don’t  know  what the leaders  are thinking  but I express my feelings and I will continue to support Dr Mukul be whatever  it comes.”