Shillong, Sep 18: Senior Congress legislator and leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma was absent from the charge taking ceremony of newly appointed Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Vincent H Pala.
Apart from Dr. Sangma all the Congress legislators from Garo Hills were also absent.
Congress workers said that Marthon Sangma who was elected as the Working President in the new team could not attend the function since he was not keeping well.
The newly elected MPCC president on Saturday said that he wants to be transparent in his journey as president of the party.
Speaking to newsmen after taking charge as the MPCC president, Pala commenting on the absence of senior Congressman and leader of opposition Dr. Mukul Sangma from the charge taking ceremony said that he will go and meet him.
On the absence of Congress legislators from Garo Hills during the ceremony Pala said that the MLAs from the region mainly Dr Sangma’s family and friends.
“Legislators in Garo Hills are mainly Mukul’s family and friends so naturally if he is not there, others will be not be there. It is an open fact,” the new MPCC chief said.
However, Pala said that Congress MLA from Mendipathar, Marthon Sangma was present when RG Lyngdoh and PN Syiem rejoined the party on September 16 and on Saturday former legislator Deborah Marak came.
He said that the leader of the opposition used to be his dear friend.
“I always consider him to be the boss in the party and as a friend,” he added.
The MPCC president, also said that whenever he takes any decision with regards to Garo Hills region he will take the opinion of not only the MLAs like Dr. Sangma, Zenith Sangma but also of former legislators like Deborah Marak and former Chief Minister Salseng Marak.
“It will not be my view of Dr. Mukul’s view alone, it will be with the approval consultation with experienced leaders of the party,” Pala said.
Meanwhile, AICC in-charge Meghalaya Manish Chatrath also said that Dr. Sangma is as tall a leader as anybody else in the entire northeastern region.