Congress set to lose GHADC as 5 MDCs defect

Tura, Mar 21: The case of musical chairs continued once again in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council after 5 MDCs defected to the National People’s Party in a late development yesterday. The defection has led to the NPP’s growth in strength to 17 which now means the NPP will form the next GHADC government in the coming days.

The five MDCs who have joined the NPP include 3 Congressmen, 1 NCP member and an independent legislator. This will be the 2nd instance of the GHADC changing hands after a Boston Marak led coup led to the fall of the previous NPP coalition last year.

Boston had won the GHADC election on an NPP ticket before moving to Congress last year. He was appointed the CEM of the GHADC before shifting allegiance to the Garo National Council (GNC) and contesting in Salmanpara for the party.

The latest development comes in the wake of the state government changing hands from the Congress to the NPP led MDA which in a way has also paved the way for the members to join the ruling party in the state.

“We have joined the NPP in the GHADC after withdrawing our support to the Congress. The letter has been submitted to the GHADC secretary,” said Congress MDC from Kharkutta, Smith Momin from Shillong where they had a meeting earlier with the CM, Conrad Sangma on joining the NPP.

The five MDCs who joined the NPP are Dhormonath Sangma, Jogonsing Sangma, Smith Momin (all from the Congress), Rightious N Sangma (NCP) and one independent MDC, Deviar Sangma. The NPP is now likely to stake a claim in forming the government in the coming days.

The GHADC has no anti defection laws which has left the entire arena up for shifting games that have plagued the Council.