Who will be the next President of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)?
The question seems to buzz around in the state after few Congress legislators expressed their eagerness to take up the job.
Some of the big names in the race are like legislators Charles Pyngrope, PT Sawkmie, Dr. M Ampareen Lyngdoh and not to mention, the name of present MPCC Working President James Lyngdoh has popped up somewhere, but who will ultimately occupy the post?
The tenure of the incumbent president of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Dr. Celestine Lyngdoh will end in December, this year.
Dr. Lyngdoh, also a former minister, was appointed to the top post in 2017. He replaced veteran political leader and former chief minister Dr. DD Lapang just ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls.
It may be mentioned here that Lapang later resigned and joined the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) as a mark of protest against the Congress’ move to phase out senior leaders.
In our quest to know more about the procedure, we met MPCC spokesperson Zenith Sangma, MLA, who also is presently the All India Congress Committee Secretary incharge of Arunachal Pradesh.
When asked, Congress spokesperson and Rangsakona legislator, Zenith Sangma said the election or nomination to the post of the state president is not within his purview and it is an internal matter of the Congress. He, however, explained the procedure.
He said last time the incumbent Dr. Celestine Lyngdoh had become the president of the state party through the nomination and not through the conduct of elections.
“It is now up to the leadership at the centre or party high command to decide which way it will be more appropriate as to who should become the (next) president of the state party,” Sangma said.
Again on asked, the spokesperson said, “When the election for the party post is effected normally, the term is for three years. (However), there are lots of such incidents wherein we remain beyond three-year term like in the case of the state youth president; it is more than 3 years now. So long the present incumbent is not replaced, so one has to continue as there cannot be any vacuum.”
“Let me tell you… I am also just an MLA and in the state organization, I am still the president of the West Garo Hills District Congress Committee and I am also AICC secretary incharge of Arunachal Pradesh. So Mr. Zenith Sangma alone cannot decide as to who will become the state president of the party. Nobody is above the party. Leaders come and go but the party will remain,” he said.
Stating that the party is not only for elected representatives but for the entire people across the state and the nation as a whole, Sangma said the party is built right from the grassroot till the top and if the grassroot is very strong then the only party can be strong at every level.
“Therefore, grassroot is the foundation as far as the organization of any political parties is concerned. So there are again, party functionaries, there are elected representatives. Supposed if I am elected for several times, I cannot claim that for such things, my decision should be final,” he stated.
“There are some people who are thick and thin with the party who has been a loyal and true soldier of the party organisation and who never wants to contest also,” he added.