Congress workers quit en masse in NCP "heartland"

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Shillong, Dec 21 (UNI) Congress workers in Meghalaya have resigned en masse over allotment of ticket to two sitting MLAs from Garo Hills, as they demanded the immediate removal of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee President O L Nongtdu.

Garo Hills, which have 24-seats in the 60-member House is also the stronghold of Congress arch-rival the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

As many as 200 party workers of the Congress quit the Congress in protest against allotment of party ticket to sitting NCP Monindro Rabha and elected NCP-turned-Congress MLA E D Marak.

Mr Rabha is representing Tikrikilla Assembly constituency, while Mr Marak represents Kharkutta Assembly seat.

''All party workers have quit and decided to dissolve the party's block after Chief Minister D D Lapang and Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee President O L Nongtdu disregarded the Block Congress recommendation,'' Kharkutta Block Congress Committee (KBCC) President Demonsing Marak said.

Tikrikilla Block Congress Committee (TBCC) president Lithindra D Sangma alleged that the policy of State Congress president and Chief Minister in giving ticket to Mr Rabha, who is a sitting NCP legislator, was only meant to divide the Congress in Garo Hills.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said there would be no change in the list of party candidates from all the 60 seats in the state.

UNI

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