Cong greedy, lacks principles and values: Lyngdoh

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Shillong, Apr 28 (UNI) Former Meghalaya Home Minister and senior Congress leader R G Lyngdoh has decided to quit the party because of Congress High Command's 'dictatorial attitude'.

''I will soon submit my resignation. I am fed up with the party's dictatorial attitude. Congress is greedy and lacks principles and values,'' Mr Lyngdoh told UNI today.

Mr Lyngdoh is expected to put in his papers soon.

He was elected twice to the Assembly. His father, Peter G Marbaniang, a staunch Congressman, was also a Lok Sabha MP, senior Cabinet Minister and Speaker.

His younger sister Ampareen Lyngdoh, the lone woman MLA and a senior Congress leader, had left the party after she was denied ticket. She then successfully contested the March 3 Assembly polls as United Democratic Party (UDP) candidate.

Many senior Congress leaders like former Chief Minister D D Lapang were at loggerhead with Mr Lyngdoh as the latter was perceived as a threat to his leadership.

The fight between the two came out in the open as Mr Lapang was dislodged from the post of Chief Minister in 2006 with senior Congress leader J D Rymbai replacing him.

However, Mr Lapang bounced back after a year with much support from the Congress High Command.

When asked, Mr Lyngdoh, didn't reveal which party he will be joining as there is speculation that he might even launch a new party in the North East before the Parliamentary elections.

''If I join a party or launch a new one it has to be better than the Congress,'' he said.

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