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Congress members resigned en-masse and joined ruling NPP in Meghalaya

Ranikor, Meghalaya, Jun 12 (UNI) The opposition Congress party in Meghalaya on Tuesday
suffered a setback after the primary members of the Ranikor Block Congress in South West
Khasi Hills district resigned en-masse and joined the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)
over the failure of the previous Congress government to create Ranikor Sub-division.
Senior Congress legislator Martin M Danggo, who had won for five consecutive terms
from Ranikor Assembly constituency, is also expected to quit as member of the assembly
as well as from the primary membership of the Congress once the government announced
the creation of Ranikor Sub-division.
“This is a genuine and a longstanding demand (creation of Ranikor Sub-Division) of the
people of this region. This region too needs development and the NPP-led government
wants to bring the administration more closely to the people,” Chief Minister Conrad Sangma
said addressing a gathering here.
Last year, former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who is now the Leader of Opposition had upgraded Ranikor Community and Rural Development Block to Ranikor administrative unit
amidst protest by the Khasi Students’ Union for not upgrading the Block to Sub-Division.
Danggo, who was present at the public gathering, declared that he will resigned from the
primary membership of the Congress as well as from the assembly once the Chief Minister announced the upgradation of Ranikor to a Sub-Division.
“I have raised the matter on the need to upgrade Ranikor to a Sub-Division with several
(former) Chief Ministers DD Lapang and Mukul Sangma in the past but they never realised
the need of development of this region,” the Ranikor Congress legislator said.
However, Danggo expressed happiness with the announcement of the Chief Minister on
the need to upgrade Ranikor administrative unit to a sub-division. “I will resign as member
of the Congress and the assembly once the Chief Minister declare that Ranikor is being
upgraded to a Sub-Division.”
Danggo, a former Public Works Department minister has been in touch with the NPP
leadership and had expressed his keen desire to join the NPP after he was upset with the
then Congress leadership even before going to the Assembly polls over the non-creation
of the civil sub division.
The NPP at present now has 20 MLAs, while the opposition Congress has 21 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly.
The NPP is leading the coalition Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government in the
state with the support of UDP, PDF, BJP, HSPDP, NCP and Independents.
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