Shillong: The Congress party on Wednesday suspended its five party legislators in Meghalaya for three years for anti-party activities.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Vincent Pala said that decision was taken by the disciplinary action committee of the AICC. “I have been informed that the party have decided to suspend all the five MLAs for three years,” he said.
The five Congress legislators Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, PT Sawkmie, Mayralbron Syiem, Kimfa S Marbaniang and Mohendro Rapsang has extended support to the BJP-backed MDA government without approval from the top party leadership.
The Congress was the single largest party winning 21 seats to the 60-member house after the 2018 assembly elections. Four Congress legislators died, while former Assembly Speaker Martin Danggo resigned and joined the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), but bite the dust in the by-election.
Twelve of the 17 Congress legislators led by former Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma joined Mamata Banerjee’s party after they expressed dissatisfaction with the Congress leadership over Pala’s appointment as State Congress Chief. Election to the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly is scheduled to take place in February-March 2023.