Cong MLA resigns; party loses ‘single largest party’ tag in Meghalaya

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HT Correspondent

Shillong, June 22: The opposition Congress lost the status of the single largest party in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly after one of its MLAs, Martin M Danggo, resigned his membership in the House. With this, the strength of Congress party has reduced to 20, equal to that of the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), which is running a coalition government in the state with the BJP and some regional parties.

However, the resignation letter of Martin M Danggo is yet to be accepted by Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Dr. Donkupar Roy even as commissioner and secretary, Andrew Simon had to rush to Kolkata to get the resignation letter accepted by the Speaker. The speaker is returning to the state capital on Saturday.

Confirming Danggo’s resignation, deputy speaker TD Shira said that Danggo resigned on Thursday as the resignation was sent to him though someone else but he was asked to keep it secret.

“I was asked not to reveal it to anyone so I didn’t. I was asked to give it to commissioner and secretary. Today I gave it to him and he rushed to Kolkata with it,” deputy speaker TD Shira said while confirming Danggo’s resignation.

“No he did not come to submit his resignation letter as too many media people were here, he (Danggo)  sent it through someone and I took it,” Shira said adding, “It has to be accepted by speaker since it is address him.”

Danggo’s close aid Kitborlang, confirmed that Danggo has resigned since he was assured by chief minister Congrad K Sangma to give Ranikor a subdivision.

“Yes Danggo resigned but not because of his personal gain but as he was assured by chief minister that Ranikor will be given civil Subdivision and now on 10th July Ranikor will be getting civil subdivision,” Kitborlang said.

While NPP is in haste to get the resignation letter of Martin M Danggo accepted raising the eyebrows of many people on the manner Danggo resigned.

The whereabouts of Danggo who has been skipping media since the beginning of this political ambiguity, was not ascertained even on Friday. Leaders of the Congress party informed that he had not submitted his papers in person but was sent to deputy speaker’s office though a messanger. “Resignation letter should be submitted with complete clarity and conscious mind and the signature should be verified by speaker or deputy speaker whoever is addressed in the letter,” Congress Legislator party spokesperson Zenith Sangma said.

Stating that since Danggo didnot submit the letter in person, “As of now we are yet to verify whether Danggo has really submitted his resignation or not it is yet to be verified as I am told he did not submit his resignation in person, rather some politician carried his resignation letter,” Sangma said.

“When a person a person resigns from state legislature or any of the houses of Parliament there are certain procedure and convention one has to manuscript their resignation letter not the typed one and also signature of the person concern has to be verified by Speaker or deputy speaker as the case may be,” he said.

Asked about Andrew Simon being sent to Kolkata with the resignation letter, Sangma said, “I don’t know why there should be any hurry in accepting it and I was made to understand it was submitted at night at the residence of Deputy speaker, I am not saying it should not be done but that is not the practice.”

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