In defiance of the party chief’s threat to the alliance government, legislators of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) met Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday to express their commitment to MDA.
“The PDF MLAs have decided that we will be with the Government till the end of the term,” said PDF MLA from Mawkynrew Banteidor Lyngdoh.
The show of unity comes two days after PDF chairman P.N Syiem threatened to pull out of the alliance.
The PDF delegation that met Sangma included two cabinet ministers, Lyngdoh and Hamlet Dohling, MLA Jason Sawkmie Mawlong and party president Ivan Marbaniang.
Lyngdoh said their support to the government is despite “certain issues at the district council level” but “we are going to take care of our members and MDCs”.
Earlier, Lyngdoh said during a meeting with Syiem on Thursday, the three MLAs pointed out that it was not the right time to withdraw support from the government. The MLAs will meet Syiem again since Dohling, who was in Jowai, could not attend the meeting.
“The PDF MLAs have nothing against the government and we decided to continue with the government and make sure it complete its five term,” Lyngdoh said.
As for the issues faced by PDF MDCs, he said they will speak to them to clear misunderstandings “but that is the internal matter which will be done immediately.”
Both Sangma and his deputy Prestone Tynsong had downplayed the threat of the PDF chief.
Talking to media persons here on Friday, Sangma said the government and its coalition partners are committed and “the government is very much stable as all the PDF MLAs are with it”.
“I had personally spoken with all the PDF MLAs. They have given their commitment to remain with the present coalition,” he said.
The chief minister, however, maintained that there is an issue in the district council which needs to be sorted out at that level.
“It will not be correct on my part to comment anything on the development in the district council and the internal matter of any party but the same thing is going on in the JHADC where the UDP had formed the Executive Committee with the support of the Congress,” Sangma said.
Source: The Shillong Times