Senior Congress legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh has indicated that even in Meghalaya, the Congress will take a step forward to stake claim to form the Government once they emerge as the single largest party after winning the Ampati bye-election on June 1.
“We will stake claim to form the Government in Meghalaya after managing to retain the Ampati seat,” Ampareen said today while addressing the state wide protest organised by the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) at Congress Bhavan in the wake of Karnataka Governor installing the BJP Governor despite the Congress party emerging as the single largest party.
She observed that the action of the Karnataka Governor action will have a rippling effect across the country. Ampareen further said that the decision of Governor is against the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission on the role of the Governor on the formation of Government.
According to her, the commission had clearly stated that the Chief Minister should be chosen from a pre-poll alliance.
“If such pre-poll alliance does not exist then the Chief Minister should be called from the single largest party which has the support of other regional parties and independent members who have been elected,” the senior Congress legislator stated while referring to the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.
“The question here who has empowered the Governor to overlook all of these indicators that have led this democracy of India forward in so many years,” she said.
Ampareen said that the party is happy that the Supreme Court today has ordered for a floor tomorrow at 4 pm. The senior Congress legislator said that it is sad that the party has to approach the court to seek redressal due to this illegal move of the BJP.
“We had to approached the court even in Manipur and Goa. This precedence created by the BJP is very distasteful and the party would strongly oppos against this,|” Ampareen added.
Meanwhile, MPCC president, Dr Celestine Lyngdoh said that they were compelled to hold this protest due to the style of functioning of the BJP Government.
“It looks like that the BJP does want to have any kind of opposition. Voices of dissent should be allowed and it should not be suppressed by bulldozing without listening,” Lyngdoh said.
He said that the decision of the Governor in Karnataka is not acceptable to the party since it is illegal. He said that the attempt of BJP to poach on MLAs from other parties in Karnatka by unfair means is uncalled for. The MPCC president is even trying to twist the anti-defection law just to serve its political interest.
When asked that even Meghalaya had a similar situation after 2008 Assembly elections, he asserted that the situation in Meghalaya is different since no other parties except the Congress who had emerged as the single party had staked claim to form the Government at that point of time.
It may be mentioned that the Congress will submit the memorandum to the Meghalaya Governor once the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Dr Mukul Sangma arrived in Shillong.