Veteran Congress leader DD Lapang resigns from party

Shillong, Sep 13: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister, Dr Donwa Dethwelson Lapang on Thursday resigned from the Congress party blaming the All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) policy of phasing out senior and elderly people.

The letter was sent to AICC president, Rahul Gandhi.

“In my opinion it means that their service and contribution of the senior and elderly people is no longer useful for the party,” Dr Lapang said in the letter to the AICC president.

In the letter to Gandhi, Dr Lapang said that since the spirit and enthusiasm to work for the people is still burning inside him, the
restriction made him frustrated and compelled him to be no longer comfortable to be in the party.

“With my present age and health condition, I have decided to continue to serve the party, my state and its people in the same manner wherever I am,” he said.

The veteran leader also said that he would like to discontinue his dedication towards the Congress party “reluctantly and with a heavy heart”.

According to Dr Lapang in his 40 years of association with the Congress party he had worked devotedly, leaving no stone unturned, while performing his service towards the party as a true and disciplined Congress man and always cooperated with the AICC even to the extend of accepting sacrifices for the sake of unity and strength of the party .

The veteran leader also said that in his mind he always thought he would be with the Congress for all times to come.

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