‘Danggo had wanted to quit in Oct 2017’

SHILLONG, Jun 22: The former president of District Congress Committee of South West Khasi Hills, Kitborlang Nongrem on Friday said that it was due to the style of functioning of former Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma that has prompted Ranikor legislator to quit from the party.

Nongrem told media persons that Danggo had already made up his mind to quit from the Congress in 2017 itself but was persuaded to stay by his supporters.

“In fact, he (Danggo) had wanted to join the NPP in October 2017. But his supporters insisted that he should contest from the Congress,” he said.

It may be mentioned that Danggo, who is also a former Assembly Speaker, won a fifth term in the elections held in February this year.

It may be mentioned that the Ranikor legislator finally decided to quit as an MLA and join the National People’s Party (NPP) after, Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma announced the upgradation of Ranikor into a civil sub-division.

Nongrem has also denied that Danggo has ever made any demands before the NPP to resign from the post of MLA.

“It is not true that he had asked for a Cabinet berth or any important position in the Government. He has resigned for the sake of getting the civil sub division for the people of Ranikor constituency,” Nongrem said.

The former DCC president also informed, they had unanimously resolved to demand from Danggo to resign as an MLA after Chief Minister, Dr Conrad K Sangma visiting Ranikor on June 13 to announce that the area deserves to get the Civil Sub Division.

“We have given Danggo seven days to resign from the post of MLA after Chief Minister made this public announcement. It was only yesterday that he make known to us that he is going to resign,” Nongrem said.

He also informed that the new Ranikor Civil Sub Division will be inaugurated on July 10.

Meanwhile, Danggo also resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party. The resignation letter was submitted to party working president James Lyngdoh.

“As per the desire of my people, I have tendered my resignation as MLA with effect from June 21, 2018,” Danggo said in his letter addressed to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president, Dr Celestine Lyngdoh.

“Therefore, with deep sorrow and regret in my heart, I am also resigning from the primary membership of Congress along with all positions that I am holding in the party with effect from June 21,” Danggo said.

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